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Dutch climate policy worsens conditions for coal

The forced closure of the Hemweg coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands may be a signal coal will be phased out of the country’s electricity mix earlier than anticipated The forced closure of the Hemweg coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands may be a signal coal will be phased out of the country’s electricity mix earlier than anticipated.
By Andreas Walstad 6 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34036
The Eemshaven coal power plant in the Netherlands. (RWE)

The key issue: The Dutch government issued an order last Friday that Vattenfall’s 650 MW Hemweg coal-fired power plant in Amsterdam must close by January 2020. The move is part of an effort to cut the Netherlands’ greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020.

The forced closure of the 25-year-old Hemweg hard-coal power plant in Amsterdam may be an early indication that coal-fired generation in the Netherlands will be phased out earlier than anticipated – potentially leaving more room...