Accelerated coal exit would be constitutional, similar to nuclear phase-out – legal opinion
The German government could introduce a speedy coal exit without having to pay compensation to power plant operators, think tank Agora Energiewende* writes in a press release. Law firm BeckerBüttnerHeld (BBH) analysed last year’s nuclear phase-out decision by Germany’s constitutional court and compared it to a possible quick coal-exit scenario. The state could order the shut-down of coal-fired power stations older than 25 years, BeckerBüttnerHeld found, as these are usually written off by then. However, it would have to give early notice to guarantee a transition period of about a year. For the shut-down of open-pit coal mines, longer transition periods would be necessary to avoid compensation payments.
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*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.