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11 Dec 2017

No need for a set exit date for coal, says Brandenburg’s economy and energy minister

Der Tagesspiegel

The German coal industry would remain important for the energy sector as long as there was not a way to store renewable energy at an “industrial scale”, Albrecht Gerber (SPD), energy and economy minister in the German state of Brandenburg told Der Tagesspiegel in an interview. Brandenburg, home of lignite mining region Lusatia, has initiated an adjustment of its CO2 reduction targets because of changed circumstances, Gerber said. The former estimates had been made under the assumption that nuclear power plants would run longer, that carbon capture and storage (CCS) would be used and that there would be a federal support programme for building insulation, he said.

For background see two CLEW factsheets on coal in Germany here and here.

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