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Merkel Allies Pressure Her to Keep Coal Plants Running

  • German coal states seek 25-30 year lifeline for power stations
  • Merkel administration to name final coal exit date this year
A giant excavator conducts lignite mining operations in Garzweiler, Germany.

A giant excavator conducts lignite mining operations in Garzweiler, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Germany’s states are upping pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to keep coal-fired power for as long as 30 years as the nation approaches a deadline for setting an exit date from the fossil fuel.

Merkel’s administration is committed to shuttering about 120 lignite and hard-coal plants to cut emissions and plans to set a final exit point in October. As the deadline nears, six states where coal power is concentrated have banded together to keep an extended lifeline for the stations.