Breaking – Germany plans to temporarily reactivate coal and oil-fired power plants

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Germany plans to temporarily reactivate coal and oil-fired power plants by decree in case Russia cuts off gas exports to the country.

Greece will ramp up coal mining in the next two years as a “temporary” measure to help reduce a dependence on gas that has soared since last year. After Russia invaded Ukraine, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had said last month.

“Certainly for the next two years, it would make sense increasing coal-fired energy generation by ramping up its mining by 50% so that we cut reliance from gas in the short-term,” Mitsotakis said at the inauguration of a solar park in northern Greece.

Once the country’s main indigenous energy source, coal now accounts for a small part of power generation under Greece’s plan to fully wean off the fuel by 2028.