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After Germany and Austria, the Netherlands have now also decided to increasingly rely on coal for their energy supply. The Dutch energy minister pointed this out when he lifted the corresponding production restrictions for coal-fired power plants.

Rob Jetten, the Dutch climate and energy minister, has announced that his country will lift all restrictions on coal-fired power plants to reduce natural gas consumption. At the same time, he made an “urgent appeal” to all companies to save as much energy resources as possible ahead of the winter season.

In view of a possible natural gas shortage this winter, The Hague has activated the early warning phase of its energy crisis plan, Jetten announced on Monday. He added that the decision had been prepared in consultation “with our European colleagues over the past few days”:

“The cabinet has decided to lift the production limit for coal-fired power plants immediately.”

He was referring to the rule that all coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands can only be operated at a maximum of 35 percent of their installed capacity. Jetten further stated:

“I would like to emphasize that there is no acute shortage of gas at the moment.”

However, he nevertheless claimed that “more countries are now being pressured by Russia”.

Similarly, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Sunday that Berlin needed to increase the use of coal for power generation to make up for the shortage of natural gas from Russia.

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Meanwhile, the Austrian government has agreed with energy company Verbund to convert a gas-fired power plant in southern Styria to coal-fired power if the energy crisis worsens.

The moves follow Russian energy supplier Gazprom’s decision to cut natural gas supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline by 60 percent after sanctions prevented the pumping equipment from being returned to German maintenance contractor Siemens after repairs were carried out in Canada. EU officials claimed the decision was purely political and linked to tensions between Russia and the West over Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.

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