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22 May 2018

Germany can switch off half of its coal power plants by 2030 without risking supply security – network agency

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)

Germany can decommission half of its coal power plants by 2030 without endangering supply security, according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). “But this hinges on the precondition that the necessary grid extensions are finished by then, and that the planned gas power plants will be built as replacements,” agency head Jochen Hohmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The coal commission will have to deal with this issue as well.” He added that opinions differ on whether temporary spikes in the power price will be enough to stimulate the construction of new gas power plants. “Much depends on whether one believes in it, regardless of the uncertainties in the market.”

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