Renewables crushing fossil power margins

Coal is about to join gas in hemorrhaging red ink as a continuing renewable energy boom and slumping power demand force German utilities to rethink the role of fossil fuel plant from baseload to flexible back-up.

Coal could join gas in making losses in Germany's struggling power market, as a continuing renewable energy boom and slumping power demand force utilities to rethink their strategy.

Wind and solar power have seen massive capacity growth driven by priority grid access plus 20-year government-guaranteed subsidies.

Soaring renewables capacity has collided with falling power demand to crush fossil fuel margins.

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