Germany adding, updating 84 power plants

German industry group BDEW announced the country's utilities and other investors plan to construct or update 84 power plants over the course of the coming years, according to Reuters.

The majority of this added generation will rely on fossil fuels, including 29 gas-fired power plants and 17 coal-fired power plants. However, the projects include another 23 offshore wind power plants.

All told, the proposed projects amount to 42,000 megawatts of generation capacity. At present 69 of the projects have received at least partial approval, some of them already under construction, with the remainder currently in the planning stages.

The announcement of new projects from BDEW comes each year in April, but this year's proposals will come under greater scrutiny, as Germany attempts to replace its nuclear generation capacity in the wake of last year's nuclear disaster in Japan.

According to the International Energy Agency, nuclear power provided nearly 23 percent of Germany's electricity in 2009, and the rapid shift away from this energy source has placed a great strain on the country's utilities.

More details on the consequences of the Fukushima disaster in Japan can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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