May confirms UK coal phase-out
September 18, 2017

Today (18th September 2017) Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will stop using coal for electricity generation by 2025. In a speech delivered in Canada she said, “[W]e have confirmed our joint commitment to supporting the global transition away from a reliance on coal as an energy source. Once again, the UK […]

UK Coal Phase Out
November 21, 2016

In November 2015 Amber Rudd, when she was secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said, “I am pleased to announce that we will be launching a consultation in the spring on when to close all unabated coal-fired power stations. Our consultation will set out proposals to close coal by 2025 – and restrict […]

No mention of biomass electricity in Amber Rudd speech, despite high carbon emissions (Media Release) Amber Rudd’s announcement [1] that the government aims for a gradual replacement of coal power stations with ones burning gas, without any firm commitment on the timescale has been condemned by environmental groups in the UK and US [2]. Campaigners […]

Today’s announcement by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made no meaningful commitment to phase out coal. A full and fast phase out of coal fired power stations is needed in order to reach climate change targets and protect communities at home and abroad from the damages of opencasting and other […]

The last couple of weeks in Germany have been full of inspiring direct action against RWE coal mines and the power stations they supply. Highlights include: A 19 hour blockade of the train lines supplying coal from the mines to the power stations 1,000 activists entered and stopped work on at least four of the […]

An overview of coal in the UK
May 30, 2015

Interested in an over view of Coal in the UK? Just been at Reclaim the Power? Download our Coal in the UK fact sheet and Biofuel Watch’s White Rose Factsheet. Follow these links to the films related to the sessions Take Back the Land Scottish Coal Action Camp 2012 Wake up call – Gaia Animation […]


SSE have announced today (20th May 2015) that they are closing their Ferrybridge powerstation on the 31st March 2016. ‘Paul Smith, SSE Managing Director…said: “This was a very difficult decision to take because of the impact on our Ferrybridge employees, their families and the community. It’s been known for many years that the UK would […]

South African Coal and Health
September 11, 2014

The Guardian have published an interesting article into the enormous problems caused by coal in Mpumalanga, South Africa. What it fails to mention is that 10 of the 22+ mines are owned by London listed company Anglo- American, with others are owned by British listed BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata. Whilst the lower quality coal […]