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The Netherlands passes coal phase-out law


December 12, 2019
By Ellen Cools


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On Dec. 11, 2019, The Netherlands’ government passed a law banning the use of coal in the production of electricity, detailing that coal-fired plants built in the 1990s must stop burning coal by 2025, while newer plants must stop by 2030.

According to Argus, the law impacts four of the country’s biomass co-firing plants, which are in a range of commissioning stages of co-firing biomass with coal.

RWE, a German utility, runs two biomass and coal co-firing plants in the country and told Argus the company “will likely go to court to seek fair and adequate compensation for our losses.”

The Netherlands also rejected motions calling for restrictions or bans on burning biomass for energy production in the country.

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