Longer deadlines for coal power?

Released on 17.10. 17

  • In his opinion, the energy transition has not been thought through consistently: Rainer Dulger. Photo: Bernd Weißbrod

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There is a consensus that Germany will opt out of coal power in order to protect the climate. But the point in time harbors potential for conflict.

Berlin (dpa) – In view of the increased energy prices, employer President Rainer Dulger has brought up longer running times for coal-fired power plants ensure competitive prices, Dulger told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday). “Otherwise it will hardly be able to avoid extending the deadlines when phasing out coal.” He referred to the planned exit from coal power by 2038 at the latest. “That’s what we stand for. But if it turns out that we have set the exit targets too ambitiously and can only deliver alternative energies safely later, then we should discuss other alternatives openly and honestly. “

Dulger criticized, As the strongest industrial nation in Europe, Germany has decided on an energy turnaround that has not been consistently thought through. It was first left with nuclear power and now with coal. “If we had done it the other way around, we might have one less problem next winter.” The companies and their employees are dependent on affordable energy. “What is happening at the moment is worrying.”

The background to the discussion is a significant rise in energy prices. At the same time, it is unclear how Germany can meet its climate goals. The SPD, Greens and FDP had agreed in their coalition soundings to get out of coal-fired power generation more quickly. “Ideally, this will succeed by 2030”, says a joint paper of the parties that want to provide the next federal government. The burning of coal emits a particularly large amount of climate-damaging carbon dioxide.

In the regions concerned, the plans of the three parties are met with skepticism. The designated NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst demanded on Saturday that an answer must be given as to where the electricity will come from, how energy will remain affordable and what should be done with the coal regions and employees. “We will be advocates for these people and regions,” said the CDU politician.

Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach was reluctant. “First of all, these are soundings. Now the further talks are about specific points, ”said the SPD politician to the German press agency. Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) warned in September that an early coal phase-out could endanger energy security.

In addition to Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt are also affected by the coal phase-out. The federal government wants to help the districts with billions.

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