Germany's coal commission advises to start coal exit in the west: Der Spiegel

FILE PHOTO: A spreader is seen inside the coal power plant Scholven of German energy utility company Uniper in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, September 28, 2018. Picture taken September 28, 2018 REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will start to shut down coal-fired power plants in the west of the country, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, citing an internal document of the governmental coal commission which is currently evaluating Germany’s strategy for exiting coal energy.

Most power plants in west Germany, corresponding to 37 gigawatt of electricity in total, will go offline between 2022 and 2030, the report added, whereas plants in east Germany would not go offline before a second phase starts in 2030.

The coal commission will summon the government to negotiate a compensation agreement with utilities, Der Spiegel said, adding that the commission would opt for a solution in which companies would get more money the sooner they shut down their plants.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel