Drax Re-power

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Drax Re-power

Received 25 July 2018
From Nikki Jones


I am objecting to the conversion to gas of two Drax coal plants for the following reasons:

1. The full life cycle analysis of gas, when fugitive methane emissions are included, means that gas is no improvement on coal;

2. We are now adding 2 - 3 parts per million of CO2 pear year. This year we peaked at over 412ppm: 450 is considered to be the level at which we get to two degrees of warming from pre-industrial times. We cannot build more fossil-fuelled power plants;

3. The government should be taking the advice of the Committee on Climate Change and implementing fast, cost-effective measures such as the repeal of the ban on onshore wind and more efficiencies. In a recent survey, more than 80% of companies stated they are in a position to consider demand-side response but have not yet done so. As the CEO of the National Grid has pointed out, 'baseload' is 'outdated'.

Nikki Jones