German government paves way for use of post-mining land by renewables

The German cabinet on Wednesday (Oct. 12) approved proposals for amendments to the German Building Code that would facilitate the expansion of renewable energies on opencast mining sites as well as the installation of hydrogen plants. If lignite mining ends at a site, the federal states are to be able to open up the areas, known as post-mining sites, for occupancy by wind energy or solar plants. The authorization for the states to issue ordinances is intended to replace lengthy and difficult changes to the existing planning basis and thus ensure that the areas can be used much more quickly.

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