The brown coal company Leag is said to be in a report by mirror of the Federal government receive up to 1.75 billion euros in compensation for the coal phase-out without providing any appreciable consideration. The magazine relies on Leag's confidential business plans from 2016. The lignite-based electricity generation provided there therefore only deviates slightly from the quantities that are provided for by the Federal Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier (CDU), for the planned coal phase-out law.
Nevertheless, the money should flow – for an alleged premature shutdown of lignite-fired power plants. Loud mirror can hardly be said of prematurely. Specifically, it is about the Leag power plants in Jänschwalde, Boxberg and Schwarze Pumpe.
A Leag spokesman dismissed the report: mirror statements made are baseless. "A spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Economics said:" We do not speculate about any business plans or scenarios of the group from 2016. "The compensation payments were negotiated taking into account constitutional requirements, the exit plan still applies.
The mirror In his report, the Leag from 2016, which is available to the magazine, refers to the so-called planning scenario S1A. The Öko-Institut compared this scenario with the coal phase-out plan now negotiated between the Federal Government and the East German Prime Minister. The comparison is also available from ZEIT ONLINE. Its authors come to the conclusion that the shutdown of two blocks of the Jänschwalde power plant is planned at exactly the same time that Leag's S1A business scenario also assumed. For other units, runtimes would be postponed rather than shortened: two other units at the Jänschwalde power plant should be disconnected earlier than planned in S1A, and two others later. It is similar in the case of the Boxberg power plant. The two blocks of the Schwarze Pumpe power plant are even expected to have a longer runtime than in the business scenario.
In the case of brown coal, which is still intended for electricity generation, the Leag scenario envisages a quantity of 867 million tons. According to the government's decommissioning plan, the figure is 854 million tonnes, which is only slightly less. Accordingly, the leag would be with tax money for one coal exit compensated, which she would have done anyway for business reasons.
This is "not just a climate policy scandal, but taxpayer fraud," said Kai Niebert, President of the German Nature Protection Ring and former member of the coal commission, ZEIT ONLINE. Billions of euros would be given away without consideration in order to "gold-plate" "unprofitable brown coal power plants in Brandenburg and Saxony". Niebert demanded that the coal phase-out should begin "immediately" in East Germany as well. "The shutdowns in
Jänschwalde, Boxberg and Schwarze Pumpe have to be brought forward by years. Otherwise
may not flow a cent. "
The Leag denied the Mirror-Report with the note that one is now planning on other bases. "The basis of the plans for coal mining and power plant use is the 2017 by Leag
presented and publicly known Lausitz district concept, "said the spokesman. It shows clearly different planning horizons. The paper of the Öko-Institut, however, states that the district concept of the Leag is" very largely "based on assumptions, which also an expert opinion for the Brandenburg State Office for Mining, geology and raw materials are the basis – and this report in turn "obviously" refers to the content of the planning scenario S1A.