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Area Director Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator SA HEDNO

I have been working at the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator SA (HEDNO) as Area Director for the last 10 years. I have also worked as Electrical Engineer at Public Power...

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Portuguese energy utility EDP announced its decision to shut down the 1,296 MW Sines coal plant in July last year, bringing the closure forward by two years – from 2023 to 2021. EDP’s initial plans were to close Sines in 2030.

In addition to Portugal, five more European countries are expected to end coal by 2025: France (2022), Slovakia (2023), the UK (2024), Ireland (2025) and Italy (2025), according to Europe Beyond Coal.

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Matt Chester on Jan 18, 2021

That's great news, thanks for sharing Thomas! Is coal being replaced in each of these countries by a different mix of generation (gas in some, nuclear in others, renewables in others, etc.), or is it somewhat uniform across Euripoe? 

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Thomas Chatzis on Jan 20, 2021

Yes Matt! Most of the European countries have been gradually replacing electricity generation from coal or nuclear with renewables and natural gas. Valuable and comparable data can be found in the European Commission’s latest statistical pocketbook ‘eu energy in figures’ of 2020.

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Henry Craver on Jan 21, 2021

Replacing nuclear with natural gas? That doesn't sound good. 

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Thomas Chatzis on Jan 22, 2021

EU27’s gross electricity generation by fuel, share of total (%):
Solid Fossil Fuels, Peat, Oil Shale & Sands: 35,8 (1990) - 20,8 (2018)
Oil & Petroleum Products: 8,3 - 1,9
Natural Gas & Manufactured Gases: 9,5 - 17,8
Nuclear: 32 - 25,9
Renewables & Biofuels: 14,1 - 32,9
Eurostat, May 2020.

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