Germany is extending the lifespan of coal-fired power plants

Germany is extending the lifespan of coal-fired power plants

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The German government on Wednesday passed two decrees to extend the operating life of its coal-fired power plants and restore lignite production capacity in a bid to boost power supplies ahead of winter.

In a press release, the Economy Ministry described these decrees as “important for preparing for next winter”. “The operation of coal-fired power plants will enable us to limit our gas consumption and thus save,” he explained.

Germany decided in July to extend the life of its coal-fired power plants, while Russia drastically reduced its natural gas supplies to Europe.

Coal-fired power plants can now operate until March 31, 2024, and production of brown coal, a highly polluting type of coal, will resume until June 30, 2023.

The plants will remain operational while the country is in stage 2, called “alert,” of its gas supply contingency plan, or when it goes to stage 3, called “emergency.”

(Report by Vera Eckert; French version by Camille Raynaud)


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