(THE NEW AMERICAN) – The nation of Greece, which began shutting down lignite (aka brown coal) fired power plants in 2019 and has boasted that the last of their coal-fired plants will be shut down by 2025, has ordered many of many of those plants to be restarted in order to avert possible blackouts in the coming months.
A recent study from the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) of Greece noted that energy supply for the winter months in the country was at risk due to a shortage of natural gas. Since the nation has no strategic supply of natural gas, many of the lignite-fired energy plants – some of which have already been shut down and at least partially dismantled – have been ordered to go back online.
Energy prices, already high in Greece, might have to go even higher since the price to import natural gas – which now powers some 42 percent of electricity generation in the nation – is far too high to be feasible.
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