Released on 01.10. 2021 Steam rises from a cooling tower of the Datteln 4 coal power plant operated by Uniper. Photo: Bernd Thissen Already heard? You can now also have your messages read out to you. To do this, simply click on the play symbol in any article or add the article to your personal playlist using the plus symbol and listen to it later. Listen to the article: The controversial hard coal power plant is the youngest in Germany. According to the operator, an early shutdown in order to comply with the climate targets should cost the state quite a bit. 2038 D\u00fcsseldorf (dpa) - The energy company Uniper insists on compensation if its hard coal power plant Datteln IV is to be switched off earlier than 2038 . Anyone who wants to change the coal exit law must "take the question of compensation into account," said Uniper CEO Klaus-Dieter Maubach on Wednesday evening at an event organized by the D\u00fcsseldorf Economic Journalists Association. Uniper is ready to talk on the subject. "We are aware that Datteln IV has become the symbol for the German coal phase-out," said Maubach. \u201cBut the ball is not with us.\u201d Datteln IV was the last German hard coal-fired power plant to go online last year. In the law on the end of coal-fired power generation, an earlier end than was waived with a view to possible compensation. Bringing the coal phase out ahead is likely to become an issue in the negotiations on the formation of a new federal government. Attempts to force Datteln IV out of the market by means of a higher CO2 price would not work , emphasized Maubach. Anyone who tries that will be disappointed. Uniper has largely "leased" the generation capacity of the power plant to two major customers and concluded long-term contracts for them. The group therefore also gets money if these customers do not buy electricity because of variable costs that are too high. In addition to the energy company RWE, Deutsche Bahn has long-term contracts with Uniper.