Spain’s government has proposed renewing state aid to power plants that burn Spanish-mined coal, following the expiry of previous subsidies at the end of last year.
The industry ministry proposes to offer incentives if coal plants make investments to cut pollutants, without giving details about the aid amount or investments needed, newspaper Cinco Dias reported.
The government is consulting with industry and trade unions over the plan.
The previous plan was introduced to help prevent job-losses in Spain’s coal mining sector at the height of the country’s economic downturn.
As a result, the country’s power sector CO2 emissions rose by 25% in 2011 even as electricity demand fell.