Eurelectric’s coal pledge sparks controversy

A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details.
By Andreas Walstad 6 April 2017 0 25387
Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Future investment in coal-fired power in the country is uncertain. (E.On)

Eurelectric, an influential industry association representing 3,500 power companies, announced this week that its members – with the exception of Poland and Greece – do not intend to build new coal-fired power plants after 2020. 

“In essence, this is about saying we are determined as a sector not to invest in new-build coal power plants after 2020, and that sets a very clear direction for where investments should flow,” Kristian Ruby, Eurelectric’s secretary general, told journalists in Brussels on Wednesday. 

However, member associations in Poland and...

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