Environmental NGOs propose to retire 16 GW of coal capacity by 2022
The environmental NGOs participating in Germany’s coal exit commission have proposed to take around 16 gigawatt (GW) of coal power capacity off grid by 2022, reports newswire dpa in an article carried by Die Welt. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and umbrella organisation DNR argue in the leaked paper that an additional 7.5 GW of lignite capacity should be transferred into Germany’s backup reserve by 2020, and that 8.6 GW of old hard coal capacity should be retired by 2022. BUND handed the proposal to environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD).
Read the article in German here.
For background, read the article Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out.