The government has issued a fresh denial that the UK is at risk of blackouts after one of the country’s biggest coal power stations announced plans to close. The French company Engie said it would shut its Rugeley power station in the summer, putting 150 jobs in doubt and affecting 190 contractors. The Staffordshire coal power plant is the latest to pull down the shutters due to low power prices and higher carbon costs, as the energy secretary, Amber Rudd, moves to phase out coal by 2025. The closure will fuel fears of a supply crunch because it removes a gigawatt (GW) of energy from the National Grid – enough to power 500,000 homes.
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