Germany: Coal Fired Power Plant closure announcements [2018]

Last Modified: Sat Jul 06 2019 09:28:55 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 3,870 MW
    of coal power plant capacity, across 17 units in 13 plants, will over time, be shuttered or transition to alternate fuel sources, based on decisions announced in 2018.
  • 21 Jan
    Stadtwerke Duisburg AG's announced it would shut down the 145 MW Duisburg-Hochfeld plant 15 Mar.
  • 25 Jan
    The public utility and city of Cottbus (Stadtwerke Dessau) announced that its 53 MW lignite plant would close by 2022, to be replaced by a gas cogeneration plant.
  • 22 Feb
    Stadtwerke Kiel AG and Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH announced closure of their JV power plant - 323 MW Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Kiel, GKK. Planned closure is Mar 2019. Around 80 jobs are likely to be impacted.
  • 05 Mar
    Unit 6 and 7 at Steag's Luenen with combined capacity of 517 MW, planned for closure in March 2019. Steag has filed the closure request to German grid regulator BNetzA.
  • 05 Mar
    Enervie announced it plans to shut its 310 MW coal-fired power plant at Werdohl-Elverlingsen by 31 Mar.
  • 08 Mar
    Volkswagen AG announced it will invest €400 million ($494 million) to modernize two power stations (140 MW, 306 MW) at its 446 MW Wolfsburg factory complex, converting them from hard coal to natural gas. The conversion is expected to be completed by 2022.
  • 29 Jun
    Stadtwerke Dessau will cease to operate the 52 MW capacity coal based boilers at the combined heat and power plant in 2019 following the commissioning of a new gas turbine at the municipality-owned unit, and the promise of cleaner air for the locality.
  • 22 Aug
    The 30 MW cogeneration plant at Pforzheim, south-west Germany, will phase out coal in 2022, increasing the share of gas and biomass (waste wood) used to produce electricity and district heating.
  • 07 Aug
    The municipal-run utility of the eastern town of Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg, will replace its 49 MW lignite-fired coal plant by 2022 with a production facility powered by natural gas. “The municipal utilities are sending a signal” that brown coal is not sustainable, said Annalena Baerbock, chairwoman of Germany’s Green Party.
  • 08 Aug
    Uniper announces its plan to convert its coal fired units B and C (345 MW each ), and D (70 MW) at Scholven to gas by an as yet undecided date. Combined capacity: 760 MW.
  • 05 Nov
    RWE plans to shut down units F and G (410 MW each) of its Gersteinwerk power plant by Mar 2019.
  • 14 Dec
    Following a referendum in late 2017, Stadtwerke München, the operator of the 365 MW Munich North hard coal heat and power plant has now filed for retirement with the Federal Grid Agency.