“The creeping end of coal”
Germany will inevitably scrap coal-fired power production even though the move has not yet been officially announced, Klaus Stratmann writes in Handelsblatt. Coal-fired generating units with an installed capacity of 4,772 megawatts – the equivalent of five nuclear power plants - have been slated for decommission in 2016, according to figures from the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), Stratmann explains. “Politics is being outpaced by reality,” he writes, referring to a suggestion by the energy think tank Agora Energiewende* according to which the last coal-fired power plant will be shut down in about 2038 if 2016 trends continued.
Read the article in German here (behind paywall).
*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.