WIn reality, it took a little while, but now RWE has also realized that new coal-fired power stations in Germany have no future. A quarter of a year after the final report on the phase-out of coal-fired power generation, he finally puts his plans for a new lignite mine in the Rheinische Revier to the record.
Operated with fuel from the neighboring opencast mining areas of Hambach and Garzweiler, the plant in Niederaussem was to replace older and less efficient units. Even the fall in electricity prices in recent years had brought the calculations for the plant, according to RWE the "most modern and environmentally friendly power plant" in the area, to spin. With the report of the coal commission, after whose recommendations not even the almost finished coal-fueled lorry of Uniper in Datteln can go on the net, the project was not only economically, but also politically finished.
CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz does not refrain from praising the cessation of construction plans as further evidence of the lignite corporation's greening: "We are aware of our responsibility and are resolutely pursuing the energy transition. New coal-fired power plants have no place in our future strategy, "he said in a press release. The planned acquisition of the green electricity activities of Innogy and Eon will make RWE one of the "global leading producers" of renewable energies.
Of course, that does not mean getting out of coal quickly. In windless weather and overcast skies, this will make good money. And for the old kilns, which at the behest of the state for the purpose of climate protection but prematurely from the grid, Schmitz is playing for billions in compensation.
But maybe the coal will be needed much longer. In any case, Schmitz is still not convinced that by 2030 it will be possible to meet 65 percent of the electricity demand from renewable sources. Ironically, the expansion of wind power, one of its new hope hangs it, because the approval process take so long. And that's why the RWE leader is calling for a new government commission.