Ruhr area sticks to black power

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Courtesy of European Energy Review (EER)

Despite heavy opposition from environmentalists and scientists, brown coal continues to be the backbone of Germany’s energy supply. This will not change for some time to come, says German energy group RWE. ‘Environmental obstacles are surmountable.

Some may consider it environmentally unfriendly and technologically outdated to extract and burn brown coal, but German energy company RWE Power begs to differ. Actually, the company is proud of current innovations in the extraction of brown coal. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the brown coal sector is looked upon as high-tech and essential to the country’s energy supply. With the necessary investments in efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), the climate will benefit from brown coalfired electricity as well, said spokesman André Bauguitte of RWE Power at a recent press visit.

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