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Germany to tender 1 GW more hard coal closures by 2023

CoalPower

21 Jan 2020 14:01

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Bonn

21 Jan 2020 14:01

(Montel) Germany will raise tenders to close an additional 1 GW of hard coal-fired power plants by 2023 to compensate for the start-up of another power plant, according to a draft document seen by Montel on Tuesday. 

“In order to compensate for likely additional emissions, the tender volume for the target date 2023 (to be implemented in 2021) will be increased once by 1 gigawatt, i.e. by the output of the additional coal plants that have been put into operation,” the draft coal exit law said. 

The incomplete document still left open the exact volume of tenders that are supposed to run through to 2026 to find the cheapest hard coal plants to close. 

However, the document still aimed to reduce German hard coal capacity to 15 GW by 2023, down from roughly 21.5 GW including the Datteln 4 (1.1 GW) unit, which is yet to be commercially launched.

An earlier tender for the additional coal plants would “not be sensible” for “technical” reasons, the draft law said.

Germany would need to bring forward more hard coal plant closures this decade if Datteln 4 were allowed to proceed, given that it would operate more frequently than less competitive plants approaching retirement, according to critics.

Germany aims to close all coal-fired generation capacity by end-2038.

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