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Germany to Ready More Coal Power


Germany plans to have idled plants on standby in case of Russian gas supply disruptions according to sources speaking with Reuters.

  • The proposals would have the coal fired stations on standby until March 31, 2024. A total 8.5 gigawatts of brown, hard coal fired and a small amount of oil-fired capacity, due to be idled in 2022 and 2023, would be enabled to provide electricity if a shortfall arises.
  • Gas would be prioritised for industry and heating homes if gas was cut off by Russia, while coal powered plants would step in to generate electricity.
  • Participation in the scheme will be voluntary.

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