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‘A sheer necessity’: Germany to curb energy use over ‘serious’ gas situation, has to bring back coal-fired plants

The German government will pass emergency laws to reactivate the coal plants as Europe takes steps to deal with reduced energy supplies from Russia.

The announcement on Sunday came as part of a series of measures, including new incentives for companies to burn less natural gas. …

On Sunday Robert Habeck, Germany’s economic minister, said: “To reduce gas consumption, less gas must be used to generate electricity. Coal-first power plants will have to be used more instead.”

The minister, a member of the Greens party, added that bringing back coal-first power plants was “painful, but it is a sheer necessity”.