EU calls for coal use to help ensure energy security
Europe's top energy regulator Andris Piebalgs will call for a large use of coal to help Europe ensure its energy
In a speech to be delivered in Gliwice, Poland, Piebalgs will say "the outlook for coal is more positive today than it has been for many years."
Piebalgs noted coal now accounts for one-third of the European Union's energy production.
Piebalgs will caution coal burning must be cleaned up to prevent environmental damage and will say the European
Commission will support research into cleaner coal technology.
"Zero emission coal-fired power generation" can be achieved, Piebalgs will say.
He will note that with current energy costs, Europe's coal industry can be profitable. Suffering from rising natural
gas prices and a cut off in Russian supplies last winter, the EU is looking for ways to diversify its energy
Several countries have been loath to expand the use of nuclear power, making coal, which is mined in many areas of the Continent, an attractive alternative.