Danish energy giant completely quitting coal by 2023 – The Post

Danish energy giant completely quitting coal by 2023

Biomass and renewables are the future says company

Coal: ugly to mine, ugly to burn (photo: Stephen Codrington)
February 2nd, 2017 12:41 pm| by Ray W
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DONG Energy plans to be coal-free at all of its generating plants by 2023.

“The future belongs to renewable energy,” said DONG head Henrik Poulsen.

“We are converting the last of our coal-fired plants to sustainable biomass.”

The future is clear
Poulsen said that the decision was “in line with our vision to lead the transformation to a sustainable energy system and create a leading green energy company”.

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Once the changeover is finished at Asnæsværket and Esbjergværket – DONG’s last two coal-fired power plants – all of the company’s power plants will be burning wood chips or pellets.

Since 2006, DONG has lowered its coal consumption by 73 percent.