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Closing Some German Coal Plants Helps Climate Goals, DIW Says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government could shutter old coal-fired power plants to help achieve its climate-protection targets, according to a German researcher.

German carbon-dioxide emissions would fall by 23 million metric tons if hard coal power plants with a capacity of 3 gigawatts and lignite generators with a capacity of 6 gigawatts are closed, according to a study released today by the Berlin-based DIW economic research institute. While wholesale electricity prices would increase “moderately,” private consumer bills probably wouldn’t rise, DIW said.