More coal projects fall through in Germany

Energy supplier E.ON has recently abandoned plans to build a 550 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Wilhelmshaven, and a local electricity company in Düsseldorf has cancelled plans to build their own 400 MW plant.

The Wilhelmshaven plant was allegedly abandoned as the technology required to achieve an efficiency rate of more than 50 percent was not yet ready for commercial use. The Düsseldorf plant did not allegedly go through due to environmental pressure and economic concerns.

In total, nine projects have been stopped in Germany in the past year for different reasons. Other projects include energy companies GDF Suez and EnBW new 800 MW coal plant in Stade, which was abandoned due to a ruling against noise pollution by a local court. A list of abandoned coal projects can be downloaded here.