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Policy & Regulation

Germany’s goodbye to coal leaves room for gas

A proposal to phase out Germany’s coal-fired power plants seems like an opportunity for gas to gain market share, but many questions remain over the timeframe A proposal to phase out Germany’s coal-fired power plants seems like an opportunity for gas to gain market share, but many questions remain over the timeframe.
By Andreas Walstad 31 January 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 33892
A coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On)

Key issue: Over half of Germany’s coal-fired power capacity could be taken offline by 2030, according to a proposal by a government-appointed expert group. This will likely give more room for gas and renewables, although competition will also come from new low-carbon technologies.

Interfax analysis: At first glance, Germany’s gradual phase-out of coal-fired power paints a rosy picture for gas. The country is also expected to shut down its last nuclear reactors – amounting to 9.5 GW of installed capacity – by the end of 2022. So...