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The federal government and the federal states with lignite mining have agreed on a timetable for the shutdown of power plants and thus the coal phase-out. The agreement was reached at a top meeting in the Chancellery, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced after the six-hour consultation on Thursday night.

Among other things, the agreement provides that the The end of coal power generation in Germany may be brought forward by a few years,

So far, the end date for the coal phaseout is 2038. According to the agreement that has now been reached, it should be checked whether the exit can possibly be completed three years earlier, said Seibert.

At the meeting, the federal government presented a “decommissioning path” for lignite-fired power plants in Germany, which the prime ministers of the federal states would have agreed to, the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said. The federal government now wants to contractually establish this plan with the operators of the power plants and mining sites.

The heads of state government Reiner Haseloff (CDU, Saxony-Anhalt), Michael Kretschmer (CDU, Saxony), Armin Laschet (CDU, North Rhine-Westphalia) and Dietmar Woidke (SPD, Brandenburg) took part in the top meeting at the Chancellor.

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As the German press agency reports on Thursday, this does not mean that no new coal-fired power plants are going online in Germany: The controversial hard coal-fired power plant Datteln 4 in North Rhine-Westphalia is due to start operating soon. Dpa learned this from negotiating circles.

According to the exit documents, 19 power plants would go offline in the next ten years. In the 2030s there would be eleven power plants.


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