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Greek coal shutdown requires radical rethink

Greece’s plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2028 will require major changes to the country’s generation mix, ostensibly with more reliance on renewables and gas Greece’s plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2028 will require major changes to the country’s generation mix, ostensibly with more reliance on renewables and gas.
By Andreas Walstad 25 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34620
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Climate Action Summit in New York. (PA)

Plans announced by Greece’s new centre-right prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to shut the country’s last coal-fired plants by 2028 will have many doubters. However, the declaration – delivered at the UN climate summit in New York on Tuesday – nevertheless signals the political will to clean up Greece’s energy system over the coming decade.

It is worth remembering that just two years ago Greece was the only EU member state, aside from Poland, that would not commit to trade association Eurelectric’s pledge of...