Energy: the government plans to reopen the coal-fired power plant in Saint-Avold



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Faced with rising gas and electricity prices, the government announced on Sunday June 26 that it plans to reopen the Saint-Avold coal-fired power station in Moselle. It had been closed last March.

A thick white smoke which should soon return to the sky of Saint-Avold (Moselle). The government plans in a bill to reopen the city’s coal-fired power station, which closed on March 31, 2022 after 71 years of operation, next winter. With the drop in Russian gas imports, the country’s electricity supply must be secured at all costs. If the State had chosen to abandon coal, which is more competitive than gas, it is because it is almost three times more polluting.

“If we are fully aware of the environmental threats of coal, let’s collectively make efforts to be sober by reducing our electricity consumption”believes Patrice Geoffrondirector of the Center for Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials of Paris Dauphine. For the association Negawattwhich has been defending sobriety for 20 years, we must now leave fossil fuels behind. The Ministry of Energy Transition assures that coal will represent even less1% electricity produced, and that no Russian coal will be used.

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