Climate activists outside Neurath, one of the coal power plants owned by RWE. Photo: Campact CC BY-NC
Greenpeace Energy wants to buy coal business and replace it with renewables
The Hamburg-based green electricity provider, Greenpeace Energy, wants to shut down RWE’s coal power plants and replace them with 8.2 GW of wind and solar systems. Approximately €7 billion would be invested in the new facilities, which would be built without any public support. Key to the initiative will be citizen participation. Greenpeace Energy plans to gradually take over the lignite mines and coal power plants of German utility RWE in the Rheinische Revier region of western Germany from 2020, and shut them down by 2025. This will make room for new PV and wind power plants with a total capacity of around 8.2 GW, it said in a press release.