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China reignites mothballed coal plants in wake of power shortages

Move indicates fossil fuels still seen as key to country's energy security

Two mothballed coal power plants in China's northwest will start pumping out electricity again, in the latest sign that policymakers still see the polluting fossil fuel as key to their energy security.

It comes after a storm of coal-power-related issues drove widespread energy outages and rationing around the country in September and October last year, denting production in some sectors.

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