Scottish Power

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Scottish Power Limited was taken over by Iberdrola in late April 2007.[1]

UK Coal Generation Assets

The World Coal Institute lists Scottish Power as having 3.5 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations.[2]

Scottish Power's power stations are:[3][4]

  • Cockenzie Power Station located in Prestopans, East Lothian. It comprises two units and has an installed capacity of 1,152 megawatts; and
  • Longannet Power Station located in Kincardine-on-Forth, Fife. It comprises four units and has an installed capacity of 2,304 megawatts.

Proposed coal plant closures

In October 2011, it was reported that half of Britain's stations, representing 8pc of Britain's capacity, are likely to shut because they will have been burning fuel for too many hours – more than 20,000 in total since 2008, which is the maximum allowed by the European Union Large Combustion Plant Directive. New Government estimates show the Cockenzie Power Station is likely to have to close completely by April 2012.[5]

Contact Details


Articles and Resources


  1. "Investor Relations: Iberdrola", Scottish Power website, accessed June 2008.
  2. CoalPro, "UK", World Coal Institute website, accessed June 2008.
  3. United Kingdom Quality Ash Association, "Power Station Locations and Capacities", undated but after 2006, accessed June 2008.
  4. Mott MacDonald, "UK Coal Production Outlook: 2004-16", Department of Trade and Industry website, Final Report March 2004. See Appendix E: UK Coal Power Stations, page E-1 at the end of the report.
  5. Rowena Mason, "UK coal power stations set to close up to four years early" The Telegraph, Sep. 30, 2011.

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