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Germany – path for gas still not clear

With coal set to follow nuclear in being phased out from Germany’s electricity mix, gas will make gains. However, questions of timing and scale remain With coal set to follow nuclear in being phased out from Germany’s electricity mix, gas will make gains. However, questions of timing and scale remain.
By Catriona Scott 25 February 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand 0 33963
Coal currently has a larger role in Germany’s power mix, accounting for 36.6% of generation compared with 13.2% for gas. (Vattenfall)

Germany’s government looks likely to support a recent proposal to phase out the country’s coal-fired power plants. A decision to move away from coal will have major implications for the electricity and energy mixes of not only Germany but also Europe as a whole. Coal, gas and power markets in Europe will all feel the impact of changes to Germany’s generation mix and capacity.

Requirements for gas in the power sector are likely to rise. This will have implications for the country’s import needs as new...