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Britain should not just blindly follow
WE ARE told that there will be a shortage of home-produced power within two years, which means more imported gas for power stations at greater expense for all.
This must be attributed to the EU pollution rules, which state that from 2016 fossil-fuelled power stations must install equipment to further clean up emissions.
Where this is not possible, for whatever reason, mainly cost, the power station must close by 2023.
So one third of these power stations would close, reducing the home-produced electricity supply.
Meanwhile, Far Eastern countries and the rest are building coal-fired power stations at great speed.
Surely Britain should not blindly follow what the EU dictate, but should comply as and when a similar replacement energy source comes into use.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.
• IT IS reported that the price of gas will increase again in the summer by ten per cent.
This is said to be because two of our coal-fired power stations are due to end service very shortly.
This will mean that the UK will have to buy gas on the open market, seeing as our own power supplies have begun to dwindle.
Something needs to get sorted quickly otherwise we will end up with reduced lights.
This not scaremongering, but our power stations are coming to the end of their working lives.
To build new ones could take up to 15 years. You cannot build these in a few years.
The Government needs to get a grip quickly and give tenders out and get new power stations built.
Otherwise, it will be their fault if the lights go out.
Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.