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Germany's lignite exit strategy sends mixed signals

Germany’s phase-out plan for lignite is not radically ambitious, but it confirms the country’s energy transition towards more renewables and perhaps more gas Germany’s phase-out plan for lignite is not radically ambitious, but it confirms the country’s energy transition towards more renewables and perhaps more gas.
By Andreas Walstad 23 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34961
Staudinger coal power plant near Frankfurt. (EP)

The key issue: On 16 January, Germany announced a timeline for the phasing-out of its 17 GW lignite power plant fleet that could see the last plant switched off in 2035.

Interfax analysis: Germany’s government has set a timeline for the complete phase-out of the country’s lignite power stations that will see around 8.5 GW of generation capacity go offline by 2030 and the remaining 8.6 GW by either 2038 or 2035.

The announcement can be seen as another confirmation of Germany’s...