No new coal plants without CCS, says UK government

All new coal-fired power plants built in the UK must be fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to cover at least 300MW of their net output, according to plans announced by the climate and energy secretary Ed Miliband on Monday.

The plans were contained in one of six draft "national policy statements" to guide future planning decisions on energy infrastructure. As well as one on the UK energy system as a whole, the statements covered fossil fuels, nuclear, renewable energy, transmission networks and oil and gas pipelines.

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