The Associated Press recently reported that Germany will bring several mothballed coal plants back to the market this winter to ensure grid stability. Germany’s economic ministry passed a law that will allow the renewed activation of coal-fired units belonging to RWE and Leag.

The ministry said that it would evaluate the additional carbon emissions caused by the reactivation of coal plants, and propose compensatory remedies by next summer. 

The decision for this winter affects two units from RWE’s Niederaussem plant and a unit from the Neurath plant. In the eastern Germany, Leag is expected to bring two unit at its Jaenschwalde lignite plant back online. The facilities were operational last winter, placed on standby in July, and can now be fully reactivated until March 2024, according to the Associated Press.