By Robin Yapp| original source :PositiveNews
Power companies in Germany are shutting down gas and coal-fired power stations due to the growth in renewable energy.
E.ON announced in August that it has closed or left idle 6,500 megawatts (MW) of conventional generating capacity. Days later, RWE said it would disconnect 3,100MW with “further power stations being assessed” for suspension or closure.
“Due to the continuing boom in solar energy, many power stations throughout the sector and across Europe are no longer profitable to operate,” RWE said in a statement.
The affected RWE power stations, located in Germany and the Netherlands, represent around 6% of its total capacity.
Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has established national targets for the country to get 35% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and 80% by 2050, as she plans to shut the country’s nine nuclear reactors within a decade.