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Poland Shuns Gas in New Energy Plan as Coal Makes a Comeback

  • Government seeks to boost coal usage “in short- and mid-term”
  • Keeps plan to carve out coal plants from state utilities
Excavated terrain at an open cast lignite mine near a coal powered power plant in Belchatow, Poland.

Excavated terrain at an open cast lignite mine near a coal powered power plant in Belchatow, Poland.

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Poland’s plan to quickly cut down on coal as its main electricity fuel may take longer than expected as the country seeks to limit its investments in gas-fired power units.

The European Union’s most coal-reliant nation intends to increase the usage of power plants fired by the dirty fuel “in short- and mid-term,” the State Assets Ministry said in an emailed response to questions from Bloomberg News on Tuesday.