PV Magazine reported on April 22, 2020 that Belgium was the first nation in Europe to get rid of coal, and Austria is due to close down its last power plant. However, two years ahead of schedule, Sweden shut down its last operating coal fired power plant ahead of schedule. The power utility Stockholm Exergi announced that it will permanently close its coal fired cogeneration plant in eastern Stockholm. Their chief executive Anders Exelrud said that they realized they not only have to eliminate their carbon emissions from fossil fuels, but also have to reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Eleven nations of the European Union (of 28 nations) have decided to get out of coal during the next decade. However, Germany, the biggest producer and user of coal in Europe, as of yet, does not plan to get out of coal until 2038.”
The author Dr. Hari Lamba, has experience in engineering, business and ecology. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with about 40 years of experience in industry, both in engineering product development and in advanced technology.