In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Conservationists are celebrating yet another environmental milestone as the last polluting coal-fired power plants in Austria and Sweden closed their doors. Sweden’s original commitment to stop using coal was a target the country wanted to achieve by 2022, but the recent closure of Stockholm Exergi AB’s Värtaverket power plant means the nation will see their goal realized two years early. According to a statement released earlier this month by Swedish Energy company Exergi, the plant was shut down following a mild winter in which neither boiler was required to operate in order to supplement the heating for 800,000 customers in the nation’s capital.