The Netherlands’ Senate, its upper house, is to vote next Tuesday on a parliamentary bill banning the use of coal in power generation by 2030, it said late Tuesday. The proposal, adopted by the lower house July 4, would see the country’s 4.7 GW of coal plant phased out in two steps, with two low-efficiency plants closed by 2025, and three newer plants closed by 2030. One of the older plants, Hemweg 8, is to close at the end of this year. Four motions were raised by the Senate during a debate on the proposals Tuesday. The motions, also to be voted on next week, reflect upper house concern that biomass is being overly promoted as an alternative to coal post-2030. One calls on the government to look into a ban on wood burning for energy generation, while another seeks to ensure any switch to biomass does […]