Utility RWE after an agreement with the German government will leave two lignite-fired power plants temporarily on the grid that were scheduled for shutdown, but at the same time has brought forward its coal exit date by eight years to 2030.

“Security of supply is the order of the day. At the same time, climate protection remains one of the key challenges of our time,” RWE chief executive Markus Krebber said.

“RWE supports both: in the current crisis, we are contributing to security of supply in Germany by temporarily increasing the use of our lignite-fired power plants and are thus also helping to displace gas from electricity generation.