RE pressure idles more German coal

EnBW, one of Germany’s top four utilities, plans to mothball two hard coal-fired power plant blocks in Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg state whose operation it says isn’t economically viable anymore due to the expansion of renewable energy capacity in Germany.

The company will soon indicate the planned closure of the plants to transmission system operator Transnet BW and the Federal Network Agency. The TSO will then have to verify whether the power plants in question are relevant for the stability of Germany’s energy supply.

The network agency in December had forbidden EnBW to shutter four other power plants in nearby Marbach and Walheim with a combined capacity of 668MW, whose closure the utility had requested in July 2013, and ordered EnBW to continue operating them until at least July 2016.

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