German Federal Network Agency sees need for back-up coal power plants until March 2031

Germany’s energy and power regulator, the BNetzA, proposes maintaining several coal power plants in activity until March 2031 to ensure grid stability.

The plants would operate on demand, minimizing their impact on the carbon footprint. The intention is to keep no coal-fired power plant active on the market after 2030.

This recommendation comes amid challenges from Eastern Germany state governments on the federal cabinet’s plan to pull forward coal exit to 2030, amid concerns for power safety and stability.