German Economic Minister Favors Coal To Gas
German economy minister Michael Glos said Tuesday that the future of
German energy lay in clean coal, with only limited use of natural gas power
the annual Handelsblatt Energy-Economy Conference
Glos said, was for
usage of this resource."
The minister said he saw only "limited use" for gas-fired power plants in
absence of combined heat and power technology in gas-fired plants.
dependent we are on
does not deepen."
Secondly, Glos said he was "very critical" about the fact the gas-fired
power plants were often built without combined heat and power technology.
"I am very worried to see this development and my opinion is that without
including heat production in these new power plants we won't solve the
economic challenges of this country," he said.
Glos also repeated his skepticism about renewable energy and his support
for nuclear power.
"Not only do we need renewable energy, but also affordable energy," Glos
said. "Renewable energy only makes up 30% [of power
it is high time that we start talking again more about coal to secure our
He added that "solar energy alone also won't make up for all the
resources we need."
On nuclear power, Glos emphasized the "necessity of nuclear power to
achieve the country's climate goals."
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