Sustainable Energy

Austria's last coal-fired power station closes as the country pushes renewables

Key Points
  • The Austrian government has set itself ambitious renewable energy goals. 
  • The last few months have seen a number of coal-fired plants close.
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In a move welcomed by environmental organizations, Austria's last operational coal-fired power station has shut down.

The Mellach facility, in the province of Styria, had generated electricity and heat for 34 years, according to Austrian utility Verbund