Forum for coal power is finally snuffed out

17th July 2017

The Coal Forum, set up by the last Labour government to secure the future of coal generation, is to be wound down.

The group, chaired by the businessman John Harris, last met in February 2016. The then energy secretary Amber Rudd announced shortly afterwards that UK coal generation would end by 2025. On April 21 this year no power was generated by coal for the first time.

The energy minister Richard Harrington said in a written reply: “The Coal Forum was set up following the 2006 Energy Review in order to bring together Government and the coal industry to work to secure the long-term future of coal-fired power generation and UK coal production. The Forum most recently met on 10th February 2016, 3rd February 2015 and 27th January 2014. Members of the Coal Forum have met officials within the Department more regularly.

“I have this week written to the Independent Chair of the Forum to set out my view that it has now served its purpose and should formally be wound down. Officials and I will of course continue to engage with representatives from the industry as and when appropriate.”


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