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Greenpeace Demands Coal Phase Out in Bulgaria by 2030

Coal News - Published on Fri, 21 Aug 2020

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Balkan Green Energy News reported that Greenpeace Bulgaria’s energy solutions coordinator Balin Balinov said that Bulgarian government should look up to Greece in its energy policy for a coal exit twenty years earlier than in the national plan as environmentalists are pointing to the damage from maintaining thermal power plants using the fossil fuel. While the Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova believes coal-fired power plants in Bulgaria must keep working until 2050 because of energy security and national security reasons, Greenpeace insists the facilities must be shut down by 2030 at the latest.

Authorities in coal regions, trade unions, the Ministry of Energy, the prime minister and the civil society all need to come on board and their opinion should be heard so that a coal exit plan is adopted, he stated. The representative of Greenpeace Bulgaria added it expects legislation in line with European Union law, to include the concept of energy citizens.

It means individuals would get the opportunity to produce their own energy and become prosumers either as households or within energy communities. Balinov cited the example of Greece, saying the transformation already begun in the neighboring Balkan country.

Earlier this month, Greenpeace Bulgaria staged a protest at a football field in Pernik that was affected by a flood in May as the dyke of an ash pond broke. Water containing coal slag from thermal power plant Republika covered almost nine hectares and nearby neighborhoods were evacuated.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 21 Aug 2020
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