Brown Coal Makes A Comeback Amid Protests
In eight years, one third of energy in Germany will come from renewable sources. However, Germany’s Environment Minister still wants to go ahead and build new coal-fired power plants – environmental groups disagree.
More than a year ago, Germany decided to opt out of nuclear and fossil based energy. It was replaced by “cleaner” energy sources, namely solar and water power. Until 2020, 35 percent of German electricity is to come from renewable sources, boosted to 80 percent by 2050. Eight nuclear plants have already been taken off the grid, but at the same time, both brown and black coal are still needed to guarantee an ample supply of electricity.