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Policy & Regulation

EU nations explore loopholes for coal-to-power

Some member states are looking to exploit gaps in the bloc’s revised electricity regulations that could enable them to subsidise coal-fired plants for many years to come Some member states are looking to exploit gaps in the bloc’s revised electricity regulations that could enable them to subsidise coal-fired plants for many years to come.
By Andreas Walstad 18 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34153
A coal-fired power plant near Katowice in Poland. (PA)

A loophole in the EU’s revised electricity regulations may prompt some member states to fast-track capacity auctions before the end of 2019, a move that could allow governments to prolong the lives of coal-fired power plants rather than switching to cleaner source of electricity.    

The EU’s electricity market reform package – which received formal backing from the European Parliament last month – contains rules designed to gradually exclude Europe’s dirtiest power plants from national capacity payments. However, some countries – among them...