The leader of the Green party, Ricarda Lang, has sworn in a planned gas fee, thanks to which suppliers can pass some of the additional costs to end users in the fall. The tax will help stabilize systemically important companies – she said in a summer interview for ZDF.
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At the same time, however, further assistance to consumers is needed. “If we introduce a gas toll now, there must be further relief at the same time – so this year, this fall, we need to bring some relief along the way,” Lang said.
The Greens strongly rule out a return to nuclear energy
At the same time, renewable energies will have to be developed at full capacity in the coming years. Because being green, it is strictly against re-entering nuclear energy. “It definitely won’t happen with us,” Lang said in an interview on Sunday. It is a high risk technology.
Federal Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner previously warned that gas, which was lacking due to a lack of supplies from Russia, should no longer be used to generate electricity. If necessary, some nuclear reactors would have to be used by 2024.
Lang said the best thing to do was save energy. Gas is almost never used to generate electricity and can only be minimally replaced by nuclear power plants. On the other hand, coal-fired power plants worked better, which is why they are now used. “We have a problem with heat, not power.” According to the current state of knowledge, there will be no power shortages in autumn and winter. But now it will be checked again.
Lindner: “There is a lot to say in order not to close down safe and climate-friendly nuclear power plants”
Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner previously asked Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck (the Greens) to stop producing electricity using gas. “We must work to ensure that the gas crisis is not accompanied by an electricity crisis,” said the chairman of the FDP’s “Bild am Sonntag”.
“Therefore, it is no longer possible to generate electricity from gas, as is still the case.” Speaking to the Federal Minister for the Economy, Lindner said, “Robert Habeck would have the right to prevent this.”
In this context, the Minister of Finance once again spoke in favor of the continuation of the work of nuclear power plants in Germany in order to obtain “other electricity capacities”. “There is a lot to be said not to shut down safe and climate-friendly nuclear power plants, but to use them by 2024 if necessary.”
Lang told the ZDF on Sunday in a summer interview with the Finance Minister in mind: “What Christian Lindner wants is nothing more than a return to nuclear energy. And it will not happen with us. “
Lang complained about the “lack of seriousness” in the debate. Gas power plants in Germany are used to a very limited extent to generate electricity and have very little potential to be replaced by nuclear energy. “We have a problem with the heat, not the power supply,” Lang said.
Habeck spokesman: “There are gas power plants of systemic importance”
Spokesman for the Minister of Economy Habeck (Greens) said on Sunday: “Don’t be mistaken: the complete abandonment of gas in the electricity sector is leading to an electricity crisis and interruptions in electricity supplies. There are gas-fired power stations that are essential for the system and must be supplied with gas. If they do not get gas, there is a serious disturbance. Unfortunately, this is the reality of the power system that you need to know to ensure security of supply. “
However, where gas can be replaced in the power industry, it must be replaced – and the work has been going on at full speed for a long time.
Already the first regulation allows for a limited time the return of hard coal-fired power plants to the electricity market from the so-called network reserve.
According to the ministry, work is also underway on the regulation on gas saving on switching off non-system gas power plants in the production of electricity. The lignite reserve is to be released on October 1. Lignite-fired power plants, which have already been shut down, could then start operating again.
Fearing the suspension of Russian gas supplies, discussions are currently being held about a possible extension of the life of the last nuclear power plants operating in Germany.
The debate about the new construction has also started
Stefan Wolf, president of the employers’ union, Gesamtmetall, spoke in favor of further operation and a debate on the construction of new reactors. “I think nuclear power plants are absolutely necessary to keep them running longer,” Wolf told the Funke media group’s newspapers.
The extended service life of the three nuclear power plants still operating can significantly reduce the production of electricity from gas and help to secure the energy supply when gas is really no longer available.
“But we also need to have a debate about building new nuclear power plants,” continued Wolf. “Currently, 50 new nuclear power plants are being built around the world and the technology is advanced. The EU has only recently referred to nuclear energy as green energy. “
“So far, all serious tests have shown that nuclear energy is the most expensive and dangerous form of energy, which does not solve the gas problem, especially for Germany,” said Matthias Miersch, vice-chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag. “Rheinische Post” according to the preliminary report on Sunday. “But of course all options should be checked again and again.”
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Currently, three nuclear power plants are still connected to the grid in Germany: Emsland in Lower Saxony, Isar 2 in Bavaria and Neckarwestheim 2 in Baden-Württemberg. By law, they should be turned off at the end of 2022. They talk about, among other things, enabling them to work longer in the so-called stretching operation for several months.
Among Greens voters, 54 percent are in favor of continuing their activities
Union and FDP are campaigning to allow at least a limited follow-up beyond the turn of the year. The SPD and the Greens in particular remain skeptical. They also do not want to rule out, at least temporarily, the continuation of action in the event of a crisis.
Green Youth President Sarah-Lee Heinrich told the German editorial network: “This deadline cannot be extended with us. And extending the working time goes beyond the stretching operation. ” It is not necessary and costly.
“And nuclear energy is a high-risk technology. We need an expansion of renewable energy. ‘
According to an Insa poll for “Bild am Sonntag”, 54 percent. Green voters voted in favor of extending the useful life to reduce the dependence of energy supplies on Russian gas. (AFP, dpa, Reuters)