Minister promises coal regions not to be left on their own

Ljubljana – Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec reiterated his promise that the state would help the coal-mining regions through transition as he responded to misgivings aired by those dependent on the industry over the strategy to exit coal in 2033. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Vrtovec said 2033 when Slovenia was to exit coal to generate power was an ambitious but also very realistic goal. Coal represents 28% of Slovenia’s current electricity output. The government is planning to replace it with “new nuclear technologies”, said the minister, noting extension of the…

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