Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck has defended the decision to temporarily bring back coal-fired power plants from the reserve to the market.

This was necessary in order to reduce gas consumption in the electricity sector, said the Green politician on Monday at the “Handelsblatt” energy summit in Berlin. Of course, this is “a sin in terms of climate policy, and of course we should work to keep this sin as short as possible”.

In order for these power plants to be able to go back into reserve in the spring of 2024, a secure basis is needed for gas power plants to be able to run through. This is secured by the new LNG infrastructure. This will also reduce lignite power generation in the next step.

“Once we have built the infrastructure, (…) we can send back all the coal-fired power plants that we have connected to the grid, which is my plan.” would have to be extended by another year or two. “Then we may have gotten the energy crisis under control as a result of the Russian attack, but in terms of energy policy, with a view to the structural crisis, we completely failed to reduce CO2 emissions. That must not happen.”

He reiterated the goal that by 2030 around 80 percent of electricity production should come from renewable energy sources. “We will have reached almost 50 this year,” said Habeck. The addition is going up significantly. “The 80 are doable, but it is a similar achievement as building three LNG terminals in ten months.”

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