State-owned Dena Energy Agency says that utilities operating in Germany should not be permitted to close unprofitable gas fired power plants to safeguard supplies.

German daily Handelsblatt reported that while the government can legally force utilities to keep plants online, operators must be compensated for doing so.

Head of the agency Stephen Kohler told the newspaper that Germany should create “capacity markets” by identifying the generators needed and paying those companies that can build or operate them at the lowest cost.

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