Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner calls for a stop to electricity production using gas. "We have to work to ensure that the gas crisis is not accompanied by an electricity crisis," said the FDP chairman of the "Bild am Sonntag". "Therefore, gas can no longer be used to produce electricity, as is still happening."
In the direction of the Federal Minister of Economics, Lindner said: "Robert Habeck would have the legal authority to prevent that." He added: "There is much to be said for not shutting down the safe and climate-friendly nuclear power plants, but using them until 2024 if necessary."
Habeck: We've been working on it at full speed for a long time
A spokesman for Economics Minister Habeck (Greens) said on Sunday: "One must not misjudge: A complete renunciation of gas in the electricity sector leads to the electricity crisis and blackouts. There are systemically important gas power plants that have to be supplied with gas. If they don't get any gas, come there are serious disruptions. Unfortunately, this is the reality of the electricity system, which one must know in order to establish security of supply." However, where gas can be replaced in power generation, it should be replaced - and work has been going on at full speed for a long time.
A first ordinance already allows hard coal-fired power plants to return to the electricity market from the so-called grid reserve for a limited period of time. According to the ministry, a gas-saving ordinance for shutting down non-system-relevant gas-fired power plants in electricity generation is also in the works. The lignite reserve is to be activated on October 1st. Lignite-fired power plants that have already been shut down could then start operating again.