German Gas Demand Seen Rising Due to Coal Exit Plan

German Gas Demand Seen Rising Due to Coal Exit Plan
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German gas demand could rise by up to 8 percent in the period to 2022 to replace orchestrated closures of coal-fired power plants recently recommended by a government-appointed commission, gas lobby group Zukunft Erdgas said on Wednesday.

In a presentation at the E-World of Energy trade fair, the industry group said the recommendations of the commission could make gas the second pillar of power supplies, after renewables which already hold 40 percent.

This would be up from currently 12.8 percent for gas and against coal's 35.5 percent share in a gross generation estimate putting power generation at 649 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2018.

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