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SSE may accept penalty charge in order to close coal-fired power plant

09 February 2016

SSE says it will most likely be closing the 1995 MW Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired plant from April 1, despite gaining a government capacity contract designed to incentivise back-up plants to stay online.

Energy analysts EnappSys said the move by SSE indicates that "the penalties for the Capacity Mechanism have been too low."

The plant’s owners say the four decade old station, located in Cheshire, northwest England, has been loss-making for two years and the capacity auction inclusion is unlikely to change the pattern.


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