The German Commission Report To Close Coal
What’s in the German coal commission’s final report?
Florence Schulz, January 28, 2019 (EurActiv)
“…As a high-tech industrial country with a long tradition of coal mining, Germany sees a particular challenge in phasing out this source of energy…[But a government report concluded the] last coal-fired power station should be closed down by 2038 at the latest…[P]rogress will be reviewed in 2023, 2026 and 2029…Coal-fired power stations’ total capacity amounts to just over 45 gigawatts…[12.5 gigawatts of power are targeted] to be disconnected by 2022, equivalent to about 24 larger coal units…In 2030, only nine gigawatts of brown coal energy are allowed to still be on the network…
…[To support the transition, traditional coal-mining German states are to receive €1.3 billion per year for 20 years and a further ] €700 million a year is to be invested…[Investments are proposed for transportation] infrastructure, authorities and research…The German federal government is to use a further €2 billion a year to relieve the burden of rising electricity prices…[The report] estimates that 60,000 jobs are directly and indirectly dependent on brown coal…[There is to be a €5 billion] adjustment fund and compensation for pension deficits…[and, for workers under 58,] suitable education and training…[Germany will not achieve its 2020 climate goals has to take these types of steps to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions to at least 80% below 1990 levels in] 2050…” click here for more