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Dutch Are Reviving Coal Power Amid Russian Gas Squeeze

  • Capacity restrictions imposed this year lifted through 2024
  • Decision follows similar reversals by Germany and Austria
A coal-fired power station at the Port of Rotterdam.

A coal-fired power station at the Port of Rotterdam.

Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg
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The Netherlands removed any limits on power production from coal-fired plants to help ensure energy security, joining other European countries in turning to the heavily polluting fossil fuel to stave off potential shortages of Russian natural gas.

The Cabinet will immediately change a law that forced coal-fired power stations to operate at a maximum 35% of capacity in order to limit carbon-dioxide emissions, Climate and Energy Minister Rob Jetten said during a press conference Monday in The Hague. The plants now can operate at full capacity through 2024.