According to dpa information, the federal government and the federal states with lignite regions have agreed on a schedule for switching off coal-fired power plants. The government had presented the prime ministers of North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg a decommissioning path that they had agreed to, it said on Thursday morning. Now the federal government wants to contractually stipulate this path with the operators of the lignite power plants and opencast mines. According to this, the bill for the coal phase-out will be launched in January and will be adopted by the middle of the year.
A broad coal commission had already recommended that the end of coal-fired power plants should come in 2038 at the latest around a year ago. According to dpa information, it should now be checked in 2026 and 2029 whether the planned decommissioning dates can be advanced by three years after 2030 in order to reach the closing date in 2035.
For coal-fired power plants, there should initially be tenders so that operators can apply to be switched off for compensation. Lignite, where open-cast mining is also involved, is more complicated. The federal government and operators had been negotiating billions of dollars in compensation for months.
The decommissioning path was initially not known in detail. According to dpa information, however, he ensures that the Hambacher Forest in North Rhine-Westphalia is not cleared for the adjacent open-cast mine. The forest had become a symbol for the fight of climate protection against coal power. The federal government promised an adjustment allowance for employees in lignite and hard coal power plants as well as in open-cast mines, which will be paid until 2043.
The four heads of government of the federal states met with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Federal Ministers for Energy, Climate Protection and Finance in the Chancellery for more than six hours.
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