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Energy transition: coalition clarifies controversial points and agrees on coal phase-out

The black-red coalition has after long negotiations on a compromise for the planned one Coal exit agreed. Leading specialist politicians announced this. The agreement provides for funding programs worth billions, for example for retrofitting power plants. A hardship case regulation for operators of young hard coal plants is also planned.

The main criticism of the economy was that according to the original plans of the Federal government Hard coal-fired power plants should be shut down without compensation from 2027. This was particularly criticized by operators of younger hard coal-fired power plants because they had only recently made large investments. By 2026, hard coal operators should be able to apply to shut down power plants for compensation.

Perspective for younger power plants

A paper available to the news agency also shows that it will be checked in 2022, 2026 and 2029 whether an adjustment to the legal framework is necessary for hard coal plants that have been in operation since 2010. A hardship case regulation is to apply to young hard coal plants, which up to the respective years have not received any compensation by way of a tender or have been able to use support programs for retrofitting. According to the paper, EU compensation law-compliant compensation or "measures with the same effect" are planned.

In particular, younger power plants should be given a perspective for future energy supply, such as the use of hydrogen or biomass. The framework conditions for cogeneration are to be significantly improved with a so-called coal replacement bonus. In the Combined heat and power (CHP) the generation of electricity and heat are linked in one system.

This means that central laws on the coal phase-out of the Bundestag and Bundesrat can be passed on Friday – and as planned before the parliamentary summer break. Specifically, it is about a law with a concrete timetable for phasing out coal by 2038 at the latest, as well as a law on structural strengthening.

Billions in compensation for lignite companies planned

Federal aid is planned of a total of 40 billion euroswhich are intended to help the coal regions in North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Brandenburg to restructure their economy. The Structural Strengthening Act is linked to the Coal Exit Act. The heads of government of the East German coal countries in particular had therefore asked the coalition to move forward.

Billions in compensation are planned for lignite corporations if they shut down their power plants prematurely.

A year and a half ago, a commission set up by the government had representatives from business, trade unions, science, and environmental groups Exit from climate-damaging electricity generation from coal proposed by 2038 at the latest. The federal government had announced to implement the concept.

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