In the first half (H1) of 2022, coal-fired power plants generated nearly one-third of Germany's electricity, an increase of 17.2% year over year.
According to preliminary data released by the Federal Statistical Office, coal-fired power plants generated about one-third of Germany's electricity in the first half (H1) of 2022, an increase of 17.2% compared to the same period last year (Destatis).
According to Destatis, "the importance of coal-generated electricity for Germany's energy supply has continued to expand."
The German government approved the restart of coal- or oil-fired power facilities in response to the Russian gas supply cutoff. The appropriate legislation will initially be in effect until the start of the 2023 winter season.
Now that they have been retrieved from reserve and connected to the grid, the first group of coal-fired plants are operational. The energy crisis has temporarily caused coal to make a comeback, but the German government is still committed to eliminating coal by 2030.