German surface mines expanding
18 November 2012 Last updated at 03:07 GMT
A year on from the German chancellor's historic decision to renounce nuclear power within 10 years, one of the big winners so far is coal.
One of Germany's biggest power companies is now producing 12% more electricity from coal than in 2011.
It comes as old, traditional mines are closing, while surface mines are expanding.
Steve Evans reports.