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The Netherlands turn back to coal power plants


The Netherlands has agreed to relax limitations on coal-fired power stations from 2022 to 2024 to lessen the possibility of gas shortages, according to the cabinet.

"Because the possibility of gas shortages has grown, the cabinet agreed today to eliminate the coal-fired power plant ban for the years 2022 to 2024 with immediate effect. This implies that coal-fired power stations may function at full capacity once more," according to a statement on the Dutch government's website.

This reduces the possibility of gas shortages and makes it simpler to fill gas storage facilities in the Netherlands and Europe, as these power plants use less gas to generate electricity.

This option will be included in the authorities' crisis management strategy for preparing the Netherlands for the winter season.

In addition, under this proposal, gas providers must now give daily statistics on gas supplies to the government.

source: reuters.com