In order to save gas, Germany is putting coal-fired power plants back into operation



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In order to save gas, Germany is putting coal-fired power plants back into operation

According to analysts' estimates, it is worthwhile for energy companies to restart power plants due to the high price of electricity and the sufficient amount of coal on the global market. The Mehrum power plant in Lower Saxony, owned by the Czech concern EPH, is the first power plant to be reactivated after the federal government passed legal changes in mid-July that allow for the reactivation of already shut-down coal and oil power plants by the end of next year, when it is expected to reach a high degree of independence from gas from Russia.

The Mehrum power plant stopped working in December last year and is part of the so-called energy reserves that can be activated in case of emergency.

Electricity production can start "at any moment"

According to the management of this power plant with a capacity of 690 megawatts, electricity production can start "at any moment"

The goal of returning power plants to coal is to reduce gas consumption. Minister of Finance Christian Lindner (Liberal-Democratic Party FDP) believes that gas must be saved for the needs of the household and industry in the coming winter, instead of for the production of electricity.

"We must not allow the gas crisis to turn into an electricity supply crisis," Lindner said over the weekend. Lindner, like the Christian Democratic opposition, also demands the maintenance of the remaining three nuclear power plants in operation.

The Minister of Economy and Energy, Robert Habeck (Greens), believes that in the production of electricity, gas should be given up "wherever possible" In 2018, as part of the long-term fight against climate change, the last government made a decision to completely abandon coal as an energy source by 2038 at the latest.

The companies that manage other coal-fired power plants have also announced the commissioning of their plants. According to analysts' estimates, it is worthwhile for energy companies to restart power plants due to the high price of electricity and the sufficient amount of coal on the global market.