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23 Jan 2018

Natural gas Germany’s primary fossil power source within 20 years – RWE CEO

Clean Energy Wire

Natural gas will become the most-used fossil fuel in Germany’s electricity supply within two decades, RWE boss Rolf Schmitz said at an energy industry conference held by business newspaper Handelsblatt in Berlin. Natural gas plants will be the only economically viable option back up renewable power generation – replacing coal, Schmitz said. He added that a German coal exit would “come one way or another” as renewable power gradually replaced the country’s coal capacity. Schmitz said the replacement of coal by renewables already under way would make a politically enforced coal exit unnecessary.  

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