Pinched by Energy Crisis, Spanish Coal Plant Slated for Closure Fires Up

To help the grid cope, Spain's power company restarted operations at one unit of its 1,400-megawatt coal plant in the northwestern Galicia region.

Nathan Allen and Isla Binnie, Reuters

Soaring demand for electricity in Spain, where a cold snap is exacerbating an energy crunch, has pushed power company Endesa to restart a coal plant that has been idle since July and is slated for closure as part of European emissions-cutting goals.

A spike in global gas prices has coincided with planned maintenance at three of Spain's five nuclear plants and a drop in hydroelectric output brought on by low rainfall, just as the onset of winter is pushing more Spaniards to turn on their heating.

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