Drax Cancels Plan to Build Europe’s Largest Natural Gas Power Plant

By [email protected] Plans for a new 3.6-gigawatt natural gas power plant in the U.K. have been shelved by the developer Drax, highlighting the challenging economics of converting coal-fired power to a cleaner, but still fossil-fuel-fired, alternative.

It would have been the largest gas plant in Europe and, unsurprisingly, drew the attention of environmental groups. They had claimed that the project’s permit was not compatible with the U.K.’s climate change laws. A court rejected that assertion, but the advocacy groups claimed a victory on Thursday regardless. Some commentators likened the move to the early phases of the U.K.’s not-so-gradual coal phaseout, but that

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