Germany aims to decommission 15 GW of coal power in the years to come

Germany's plan of phasing out coal energy ahead to 2038, which the country's Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment agreed to this weekend, will impact the whole energy system – also in the short term.
Photo: RITZAU/AP/Patrick Pleul
Photo: RITZAU/AP/Patrick Pleul

2018 was a hallmark year for Germany's power supply. Renewable energy (RE) sources such as biomass, solar and wind comprised 40.3 percent of German electricity generation, showed a report from German research organization Fraunhofer. RE thereby surpassed coal, which declined to 37.5 percent, as the dominant technology in the country's energy mix.

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