Emissions controls and carbon pricing in respect of carbon emissions from UK fossil fuel powered electricity generation
Produced in partnership with Matthew Collinson of Energetics
Emissions controls and carbon pricing in respect of carbon emissions from UK fossil fuel powered electricity generation

The following Energy guidance note Produced in partnership with Matthew Collinson of Energetics provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Emissions controls and carbon pricing in respect of carbon emissions from UK fossil fuel powered electricity generation
  • Introduction
  • Emissions Performance Standard (EPS)
  • The Closure of unabated coal
  • Environmental permitting requirements and the Industrial Emissions Directive
  • Carbon capture and storage requirements
  • The cost of carbon—the EU ETS, carbon price support and Carbon Emissions Tax

Introduction

This Practice Note provides a detailed introduction to the key controls on carbon emissions from UK electricity generation powered by fossil fuel. If you are not interested in all of the mechanisms/topics discussed in this Practice Note, the following links to the individual areas covered may be useful:

  1. Emissions Performance Standard (EPS)

  2. The Closure of unabated coal

  3. Environmental permitting requirements and the Industrial Emissions Directive

  4. Carbon capture and storage requirements

  5. The cost of carbon—the EU ETS, carbon price support and the Carbon Emissions Tax

Emissions Performance Standard (EPS)

Introduction to the Emissions Performance Standard

The EPS is a duty imposed on the operator of ‘fossil fuel plant’ consented (or undergoing certain extensions) on or after 18 February 2014—the duty is to secure that the emissions of carbon dioxide from that plant that are attributable to the use of fossil fuel do not exceed the emissions limit in any year. The EPS was introduced as a part of the package of Electricity Market Reform (EMR) measures provided for in section 57(1) of the Energy Act 2013 (EA 2013). For further information on EMR more generally, see Practice Note: Electricity Market Reform (EMR).

The EPS is expressed in tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), and is calculated for each individual fossil fuel plant in accordance with EA 2013, s 57(1) using,