Polluting Spanish power stations to be shut

Operators have opted to close plants rather than fit new pollution controls, government answer reveals

Spanish electricity firms are to shut down nearly 35% of the country's coal and oil-based electricity generating capacity over the next ten years to comply with EU air pollution controls, the government has stated.

In answer to a parliamentary question, the industry ministry said that operators would shut four coal-fired stations and 19 oil-fired plants by 2015. The plants, all of which date from before 1987, have a combined capacity of 6,500 megawatts and last year emitted 23,860 tonnes of nitrogen oxides and 85,800 tonnes of sulphur dioxide.

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