Tuesday, April 16

Scholz says that the use of coal due to the gas crisis will be “limited”


The employment support of Coal What energy source to replace gas stop coming from Russia must have a “temporary and limited” character, declared this Monday the german chancellor, Olaf Scholzwho reiterated that his country remains committed to the decarbonization of its economy.

scholz thus alluded to the extension of the use of energy from plants that generate electricity with coal and fossil sources at the opening of a climate forum that began in the German capital and in which he referred to this initiative in the context of the answer to the war in ukraine.

The german chancellor added in what is known as the “Petersberger Dialogue” that the investments destined to create infrastructures that help to increase the temporary use of fossil fuelssuch as the construction of terminals Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) “They have to be compatible with the decarbonization objectives” of the economy.

Scholz’s words are known after the German Government approved last week the reactivation of the power plants that work with coal and oilin order to save and store gas.

Return to the electricity market

A total of 27 power plants in the reserve will thus be able to return to the electricity market on a limited basis and if necessary, until April 30, 2023.

Germany It is pending this week whether the Russian gas supply through the Nord Stream pipeline, which is undergoing regular maintenance tasks in principle until next Thursday. The German authorities do not hide that they fear that the cut will be definitive.

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Since last day 23 is in force in Germany the alert level of the gas emergency plan, the second of three levels, declared at the time due to the decrease in supply from Russia and high energy prices.

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In the same forum, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbocksaid for his part that the war in Ukraine “has also convinced the last skeptics in Germany that only with renewable energies and energy efficiency can we guarantee our energy security. In these times, renewables are ‘energy of freedom'”.

Baerbock recalled that with this objective the german government has approved an “ambitious” renewable energy law that includes a “massive” boost to solar and wind power “with the aim that by 2030 at least 80% of our electricity comes from renewable sources”.


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