The eastern German coal mining region of Lusatia should receive 100 million euros in public funds per year from 2019 on to facilitate the “structural development” of the local economy that is currently centred on lignite production, think tank Agora Energiewende* says in a press release. Lusatia’s economy, civil society, infrastructure, and research institutions ought to be “assisted in a gradual phase-out of lignite” by providing each access to a quarter of the annual sum, which the respective representatives could then use for whatever purpose they deem appropriate, the think tank says. “The ultimate aim is to promote 21st century structural development” in a region more affected by the shift to renewable energies than others, Agora Energiewende head Patrick Graichen says.
Find the press release in German here.
See the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal? for background.
*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.