Germany To Close Coal Power Plants By 2038
The German government has announced that the country will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 in an attempt to move to cleaner energy. Currently, Germany gets 40% of its energy from coal-fired plants.
The move comes a few years after the German government decided to close down its nuclear power stations in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. Up to now, 12 of the country's 19 nuclear power stations have been shut down.
Being without nuclear energy and energy from coal-powered plants means that Germany will be relying heavily on renewable energy. Energy officials say that within the next two decades up to 80% of the country's energy needs could be coming from renewable sources. At the moment 40% are produced from green energy sources . Last year, renewable energy beat coal power for the first time .
Environmentalists in Germany have welcomed the announcement but stress that phasing out coal power does not come soon enough. They say that the new policy could make Germany a leader in the fight against climate change yet again. At the moment, Germany's coal-fired plants produce more carbon emissions than any other nation on the continent.
In addition to closing down all coal plants, the government has promised to give support to regions where people rely heavily on coal production for a living. Money will also be needed to help keep electricity prices for consumers down.
Coal-fired power plant in northwestern Germany - Image: Arnold Paul
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