Germany Puts Coal Powerplant Back on Grid after Russia Gas Cut

Germany has allowed the operation of Mehrum coal-fired power plant amid debates over the country’s coping with Russian gas cuts. 

The power plant in Lower Saxony, which Germany has allowed to operate until April next year, would be the first coal power plant to be put back on the grid.

Robert Habeck, Germany’s economic minister, described the decision to bring back the coal power plant as a necessary evil as the country moves to tackle the climate crisis.

The German government announced last week that it had drafted a plan to allot €177.5 billion for climate actions. The drafted plan estimated €19.9 billion for implementing the German Hydrogen Strategy, retrofitting coal-fired power plants to allow the use of green hydrogen.

Calls to keep Germany’s nuclear power plants open have also come to the table, which the Green Party ruled out.

On July 25, Russia further reduced its gas supply to Germany by 20 percent. Gazprom, a Russian energy company, said the supply reduction was its response to a “technical condition” at the Portvoya compression station.

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