Last month, Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned Sweden’s new prime minister Stefan Löfven that there would be “serious consequences” for electricity supplies and jobs if Sweden’s state-owned utility Vattenfall ditched plans to expand two coal mines in the northeast of Germany.
Now Germany has made a new dramatic appeal to Sweden to help it out of an energy dilemma that threatens Europe’s biggest economy as it shifts away from nuclear power and fossil fuels to renewable energy, the Financial Times says.
Germany aims to derive 80 per cent of its electricity from clean sources by 2050 and close down all of its nuclear power stations by 2022. But Berlin’s lobbying of Stockholm underlines a view that coal-fired generation is vital to the security of the country’s power supply, the FT said.
Germany’s nuclear energy phase-out has meant that at the moment Germany is burning more coal now than it did 24 years ago.