The Datteln 4 hard coal-fired power plant has been on the grid since May – however, the energy group RWE does not want to purchase any electricity. “We are currently not buying any electricity from dates 4,” said CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz at the online general meeting of the group. RWE was still of the opinion that it had effectively terminated the contracts it had signed with the date operator Uniper years ago. Therefore “there will be no obligation to accept goods in the future”.
With this legal view, RWE had already failed twice before the courts. But the question has not yet been finally decided, said Schmitz. RWE is also in talks with Uniper. Date 4 went online at the end of May after years of delays against violent protests by climate protectionists.
RWE claims to be one of the world’s leading producers of renewable energies and will therefore do without electricity from dates 4. RWE will invest five billion euros in renewable energies and storage by 2022, Schmitz confirmed.
With the old rival Eon, RWE had agreed a comprehensive realignment of the business areas of the energy giants. The implementation is nearing completion, said Schmitz. “The final chord will follow next Tuesday.” Then the renewable energies business unit will return to RWE from the battered RWE subsidiary Innogy. Eon has taken over Innogy’s energy networks and end customer business.
Climate protectors are protesting at the RWE lignite mine
However, climate protectionists do not buy the ecological course from RWE. With protests at the RWE lignite opencast mine in Garzweiler, they protested on Friday against the federal government’s planned coal phase-out law. According to the police, activists occupied a total of six excavators and other mining machines. RWE had to temporarily stop coal mining, as a spokesman said.
Other demonstrators used a human chain to draw a symbolic red line at the Garzweiler opencast mine. They criticize the fact that the law should stipulate the excavation of other towns on the Garzweiler open-cast mine. Schmitz said at the online general meeting that the relocations were “still necessary to be able to meet the coal demand by 2038”. The federal government has “clearly stated”. RWE will implement the “relocations completely and as quickly as possible”.
The opponents of lignite also criticize the compensation of EUR 2.6 billion that RWE is to receive for the early exit from lignite. Schmitz countered that the costs of RWE for the premature shutdown of the power plants at 3.5 billion euros were significantly higher than the compensation.