Netherlands Activates Energy Crisis Plan, Removes Cap on Coal Plants

The country had capped production at 35% of capacity at its coal-fired plants to limit CO2 emissions.

Bart H. Meijer and Anthony Deutsch, Reuters

The Netherlands on June 20 said it would activate the "early warning" phase of an energy crisis plan and lifted a cap on production by coal-fired power plants as it seeks to reduce reliance on Russian gas in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The Ukraine conflict has pushed several European countries to seek alternatives to Russian oil and gas. The Netherlands, which imported as much as 15% of its gas from Russia, is already buying LNG and cutting back gas consumption, but still may face a shortage this winter.

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