Dutch Join Germany, Austria, In Reverting To Coal
Friday June 24, 2022. 03:25 AM , from Slashdot
Germany however said it still aimed to close its coal power plants by 2030, in light of the greater emissions of climate-changing CO2 from the fossil fuel. 'The 2030 coal exit date is not in doubt at all,' economy ministry spokesman Stephan Gabriel Haufe said at a regular news conference. The target was 'more important than ever,' he added.
Austria's government meanwhile announced Sunday that it would reopen a mothballed coal power station because of power shortages arising from reduced deliveries of gas from Russia. The authorities would work with the Verbund group, the country's main electricity supplier, to get the station in the southern city of Mellach back in action, said the Chancellery. The European Commission noted Monday that 'some of the existing coal capacities might be used longer than initially expected' because of the new energy landscape in Europe.
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