APAC Network Survey: Coal Phase-Out

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The GLG Surveys team interviewed 70 senior executives working at power plants and utility companies in Europe and North America.

What will you learn from this survey?  

  • These respondents provided their views on the organisational, investment and market implications of coal phase-out.
  • The survey also gathered insights into alternative fuel organisations are planning to use in the future and missing prerequisites required for the market to become ready for the phase-out of coal.
  • Lastly, experts commented on how the power price volatility will be impacted as a direct result of coal phase-out.

Examples of findings: 

  • In Europe, 64% of experts stated the market is ready for the phase-out of coal, compared to 35% in the US.
  • Also in the US, the majority of respondents (95%) are expecting most companies to switch to natural gas as an alternative fuel, compared to 53% in Europe.
  • Overall, 73% of experts mentioned they expect the power price volatility to increase as a direct impact of coal phase-out.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Markus Hatwig, former Head of Group Strategy for the Vattenfall Group.  The standard deliverable includes:

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • What percentage of power plants in your country do you think companies will retire before 2025?
  • What do companies typically do with the power plants after retirement?
  • In your experience, how much will companies in your sector typically allocate for reinvestments into conventional power generation on average?
  • How much do you expect companies to invest due to the coal phase out and not other reasons such as end of life or growth strategy?
  • Overall, how will power price levels be impacted by the coal phase out in your view?
  • How do you think power price volatility will be impacted?
  • How ready do you think the market is for the phase out of coal?
  • When did you first observe companies starting to phase out hard coal fired power plants?


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