Old coal is king even with new renewables record in Germany

While renewables is on track to achieve another record-high year in Germany, it seems that coal continues to reign supreme in the country's electricity market.

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For all the new wind parks, solar farms and hydro plants that will help Europe’s biggest economy generate yet another renewable energy record this year, the world’s dirtiest power fuel still rules in Germany and sets the price for how much factories are paying for electricity.

Wind turbines will this year for the first time produce more power than plants burning hard coal as the nation’s unprecedented shift toward renewable energy has pushed output from solar and wind to more than a third of the nation’s total. Yet prices at their highest level since 2013 are pushing up electricity rates for the first time in six years because of the way the market works.

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