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German Utilities Prepare to Turn on Coal Plants Amid Gas Crisis

  • Country to rely more on coal power as Russia cuts supply
  • RWE and EnBW following through on government’s mandate
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Germany Triggers Phase-Two of Emergency Gas Plan

Germany’s biggest utilities are working to revive their coal operations as Europe’s biggest economy turns to the dirtier fuel in a bid to reduce the use of natural gas for electricity generation. 

EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG is finalizing the procuring and transportation of coal, as also securing the space required to store the gas it saves, a spokeswoman said Thursday. RWE AG is preparing for the reactivation of three lignite mines which are currently on standby, the company’s spokeswoman said.