Germany’s coal-fired Datteln power plant sparks fresh protests 14.08.2020

Deutsche Welle | Aug 14, 2020 at 2:00 AM
  • Activists briefly blocked traffic outside Helsinki’s parliament and protested in Espoo, the seat of Fortum, the Finnish energy group whose subsidiary Uniper runs the Datteln IV power plant in Germany’s western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
  • In parallel acts Friday, Germany’s BUND branch of Friends of the Earth handed over a 41,500-person petition to the Finnish embassy in Berlin, while alongside the plant itself protesters in canoes paddled the adjacent Dortmund-Ems canal.
  • The federal and regional NRW governments argue that Datteln’s combustion efficiency enables the decommissioning of older plants as part of Berlin’s plan to exit coal-generated power by 2038.