According to a commission that is appointed by the German Government, Germany is planning to shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038.
On Saturday morning, the commission confirmed that plants would be shut down as part of an accelerated plan of the phasing-out of the non-renewable fuel.
It is a central part of the plans of Germany to move into entirely renewable energy, which accounted for more than 40 percent of the energy usage last year, surpassing coal for the first time.
The coal commission finalised the said proposal after more than 20 hours of discussions. They will serve as a guidline for the German government as it seeks to make the move away from coal into law.
The body agreed that a total of €40 billion (£26.2 billion) should be provided for regions that are affected by the phase-out of coal, €20 billion less than what was originally asked for.
The first step will involve plant operators including Uniper, RWE, Vattenfall, and EnBW. According to Reuters, it will involve a shut down of approximately 12.7 gigawatts of capacity by 2022, equivalent to around 24 large power station units,
The report stated: “The commission recommends a mutual agreement with the operators on a contractual basis with regard to the shutdown.” It added that it would come to an agreement on compensation size, including the plants that are not up and running or built yet.
If implemented, it would be the second major intervention in the energy market that the country has undertaken within a period of a decade following the decision to close all nuclear plants by 2022 in the wake of the Fukishima disaster of Japan in 2011.
According to the report, the 2038 deadline for coal to be phased out is in line with broad estimates, however, it is possible that it could be completed by 2035. It added that it would decide if 2032 was feasible at a later date.