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20 Oct 2016

State secretary Baake – Last German lignite plant likely to be switched off between 2040 and 2045


Germany will likely phase out power production from coal within the next 30 years, according to state secretary Rainer Baake. “When I look at the stakeholders’ positions, it seems to suggest that the last [coal] power station will likely go offline between 2040 and 2045,” Baake said at an event in Berlin, which was covered by regional broadcaster rbb. “There is an unsolvable contradiction between using lignite for power generation and climate targets,” said Baake, adding that Germany’s consensus for a nuclear phase-out should serve as a blueprint for a coal phase-out.

Read the report in German here.

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