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News In Brief 01_2015

Agora‘s legal report on the transition away from coal is flawed, superficial and solely ideologically motivated

“Flawed, superficial and solely ideologically motivated” is how the DEBRIV association, Berlin/Germany, sees the legal report on the energy transition submitted by the Agora Energiewende thinktank. One particularly problematic aspect of the report is the ease with which Agora skates around constitutionally protected legal positions. In its assessment, DEBRIV lists a number of concrete legal flaws in the report, which ...

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‚Green heat‘ for Heidenau

Environment-friendly community heating from the nearby STEAG New Energies biomass-fuelled thermal power station, which has already been supplying heat to the Mügeln district of Heidenau, is to be extended to include Heidenau South and the existing circuit is being enlarged for this purpose. By the end of 2015 some 4,500 households will be connected into the supply system. The project ...

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New storage project at STEAG’s Lünen power plant

The expansion of energy storage technology is a key factor for the success of the energy transition process. In early January 2015 Dr Wolfgang Benesch, Head of Research and Development at STEAG GmbH, presented a new research project with STEAG involvement: the development team at STEAG’s Lünen power plant is to work with international partners on the further development of ...

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Former mining land restored to nature

In the 1980s and 1990s the mine shaft here used to take the miners of Ewald Fortsetzung colliery in Oer-Erkenschwick down to their place of work. By the time the new millennium came the shaft was no longer needed and as a result it is to be permanently filled in: Haard Shaft in Datteln-Ahsen will be transformed into the Haard ...

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RAG to manage the post-mining era from a new base on the World Heritage Site

RAG will be transferring its headquarters to Essen in the summer of 2017. The company will be moving on to the UNESCO-designated Zollverein World Heritage Site. For RAG this will mean a return to the city where it was first established as Ruhrkohle AG in 1968 and a new home at what was once the most modern coal mine in ...

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