Consumers in Wales could be persuaded to switch energy deals after a power company announced it would halve the capacity of its planned energy station.
Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) explained that a weaker demand for cheap electricity and uncertainty over the future of Britain's energy markets had resulted in the decision to install 450 MW in its proposed Abernedd plant, rather than the 870 MW initially put forward.
The energy station will run on one combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) instead than two.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, director of generation and supply at the energy supplier, told the Scotsman that generation at the Welsh site has been deferred for two years, which will allow the company to inspect government plans for the reform of the cheap energy market.
"CCGT is a cleaner fossil fuel technology, which has the necessary flexibility to support security of supplies as the presence of wind energy on the electricity system increases, but the right market signals need to be there if the necessary investment decisions are to be taken," he added.
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