In a proactive measure to safeguard against potential power shortages during the upcoming winter season, Germany has announced the reactivation of several dormant coal plants. The country’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWi) unveiled this strategy to alleviate pressure on its gas reserves and ensure a stable energy supply.
The government issued an official order permitting Germany’s largest power producer, RWE, to recommence operations at two coal blocks within its Niederaussem plant, alongside another block at the Neurath plant. Simultaneously, the second-largest coal-powered electricity producer, LEAG, received authorization to reactivate two blocks at its Jaenschwalde coal plant. All these facilities had been in standby mode since mid-summer but are now set to rejoin the grid.
The order took immediate effect, with these coal plants expected to remain fully operational until March 2024. Moreover, Berlin is contemplating an extension of operations for two RWE coal units at the Neurath plant until spring 2025. This decision underscores Germany’s commitment to ensuring a reliable energy supply throughout the winter while navigating the challenges posed by limited gas reserves.
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