Germany’s coal phase-out bill to be ready by end 2019

(EurActiv, 5 Jul 2019) The federal economic ministry has followed the German coal commission’s recommendation by preparing a draft bill to phase-out coal power generation. However, things are going too slowly, according to the Greens. EURACTIV Germany reports.

On Wednesday (3 July), the German Ministry of Economics and Technology published its legislative strategy to phase-out coal.

Accordingly, a draft law on hard coal is to be drafted by autumn, triggering negotiations with lignite-fired power station operators as to which plants would be shut down and when.

By the end of the year, a coal phase-out law should, therefore, be adopted.

While drafting, the ministry intends to follow recommendations presented in January by Germany’s so-called coal commission.

The compromise stipulates that by 2038, Germany will have abandoned coal entirely.

In Germany, coal power still accounts for about a third of electricity production, amounting to a total of 41 gigawatts.

As a first step, the German cabinet adopted the guiding principles for a “Structural Strengthening Act for Coal Regions” on 22 May.

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