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Germany to Start Closing Hard Coal Plant in 2020

Coal News - Published on Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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A draft law seen by Reuters showed, as part of a planned phase-out of coal by 2038 expected to cost at least USD 44 billion, as part of a planned phase-out of coal by 2038 expected to cost at least USD 44 billion Germany plans to shut down its first power plants that use black coal in 2020. Black coal, also known as hard coal or anthracite, is a top grade coal with a high energy density. Lower grade brown coal, or lignite, is also used by some power plants. The government will announce far-reaching steps on climate protection on September 20, including details on the implementation of its coal exit, which envisages that by 2022 an estimated 12 hard coal plants would be shut down, leaving about 30 feeding some 15 GW into the grid.

According to the Federal Environment Agency some 45 plants run either fully or partially on hard coal.

In the blueprint seen by Reuters, the government also wants to reach a deal with utilities on a timetable to shut down brown coal plants and agree a framework for compensation.

Starting in 2020, the government will each year decide how many gigawatts of brown coal-produced energy should fall from the grid and ask utilities to submit compensation estimates.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 10 Sep 2019
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