Germany should shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest, a government-appointed commission said on Saturday, proposing at least 40 billion euros ($45.7 billion) in aid to regions affected by the planned phase-out.  The commission’s plans are at the center of Germany’s strategy to shift to renewables, which made up more than 40 percent of the energy mix last year, beating coal for the first time. The proposals of the coal commission, which were finalised after mofinalized0 hours of last-round talks, will serve as a guideline for the government in its effort to turn the planned exit from coal into law. The body agreed a total of at least 40 billion euros should be provided in aid for coal-mining states affected by […]