Drax Re-power

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Drax Re-power

Received 15 August 2018
From Robin Gill

Representation

I oppose the Drax application principally because:
1. The current trend in power generation in the UK and elsewhere is moving away from traditional large centralised carbon-burning power stations such as Drax to a more sustainable distributed generation mix that includes an increasing proportion of low cost renewables.
2. The UK's commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement requires us to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050; moreover the government has plans to reduce fossil carbon emissions further to net-zero in the next 30 years. The increase in fossil carbon emissions implied by the Drax application does not meet either of these requirements, hampering the UK's transition to a sustainable low carbon future.
3. Gas production in the North Sea is predicted to decline from 2022. Fuelling the proposed huge gas Drax in coming decades therefore implies Russian gas imports or the use of unconventional gas, which is environmentally unsustainable.