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A German Power Plant Just Ran Out of Coal in Latest Energy Shock

  • German utility Steag ran out of coal for Bergkamen-A plant
  • A coal index is headed for a record after sky-high trades
The Bergkamen power station.
The Bergkamen power station.Source: Google Maps

The global energy crunch forced a German electricity producer to halt a power plant after it ran out of coal.

Steag GmbH closed its Bergkamen-A plant in the western part of the country this week due to shortages of hard coal, it said by email. The closure is the first sign that Europe may need to count on mild and windy weather to keep the lights on as the continent faces shortages of natural gas and coal is unlikely to come to rescue.