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Germany’s coal exit sets the tone for gas and renewables

More details on Germany’s coal exit were released this week, opening opportunities for more generation from renewables and gas over the coming decade More details on Germany’s coal exit were released this week, opening opportunities for more generation from renewables and gas over the coming decade.
By Andreas Walstad 31 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34986
E.On's Datteln coal power plant. (E.On)

The German government’s approval of Germany’s coal exit law this week means 5.5 GW of hard coal power plants will come offline by the end of 2022, in addition to 2.8 GW of lignite plants and 8 GW of the country’s remaining nuclear power capacity.  

By 2030, there will be around 9 GW of lignite and 8 GW of hard coal capacity on the German grid compared with around 21 GW and 23 GW now respectively. However, some coal power capacity will...