Christian Lindner bei einer Pressekonferenz zu den Ergebnissen der Koalitions-Beratungen über finanzielle Entlastungen der Bürger in Deutschland im Bundeskanzleramt. Nach einem Verhandlungsmarathon hat sich die Ampel auf ein drittes Entlastungspaket als Ausgleich für die drastischen Preissteigerungen geeinigt. Berlin, 04.09.2022 *** Christian Lindner at a press conference on the results of the coalition consultations on financial relief for citizens in Germany in the Federal Chancellery After a marathon negotiation, the traffic light agreed on a third relief package to compensate for the drastic price increases Berlin, 04 09 2022 Foto:xF.xKernx/xFuturexImage

After weeks of examination, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) presented the results of the stress test on the security of energy supply on Monday evening. As announced at the federal press conference, Habeck will appear in front of the press in Berlin (6 p.m.) together with representatives of several transmission system operators. The central question of the examination is whether it is considered necessary to continue operating nuclear power plants in winter.

Finance Minister Christian Lindner from the coalition partner FDP has meanwhile already taken a clear position. Linder made it clear to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” that the FDP definitely wanted to continue operating – regardless of the result of the test presented by Habeck.

“In these times, all possibilities should be used to reduce the electricity price for people and companies. In my view, this is an economic policy stress test that must also play a role in addition to the energy policy stress test,” said Lindner of the “SZ”.

However, there is also “a lot to be said for the fact that the three nuclear power plants should continue to be operated to ensure grid stability”. The trouble within the Apel seems inevitable.

You shouldn’t be too picky, but allow everything that makes life easier physically and economically, the FDP leader demanded.

“Everything from the exploration of domestic oil and gas deposits, which are now economical in view of the world market prices, the continued operation of the nuclear power plants until at least 2024, through the mobilization of all coal capacities to all colors of hydrogen,” must be used. he explained to the “SZ”

According to the current legal situation, the last three German nuclear power plants will be taken off the grid at the end of the year. In March, the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Federal Environment Ministry rejected a possible continued operation after an examination. In view of the tense situation on the energy markets and the lack of Russian gas deliveries, the government decided to carry out another stress test to ensure the security of the energy supply.

The Union has been warning of possible power outages in winter for weeks and is calling for three other nuclear power plants that were shut down last year to be reactivated. In the traffic light coalition, the FDP in particular is promoting the continued operation of the three power plants that are still in operation – and does not rule out the purchase of new fuel rods, which would make it possible to extend the service life by several years.

In the case of the Greens, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke has not ruled out a short-term continued operation of at least the Bavarian nuclear power plant Isar 2 via a so-called stretch operation. With him, nuclear power would only remain on the grid for a few weeks or months beyond the turn of the year without new fuel rods being used. In parts of the green basis, however, resistance is also high here.

SPD leader Saskia Esken confirmed on Monday that her party would at most agree to a stretching operation. The SPD was “in no way prepared” to extend the service life by several years or even to put old reactors back into operation, she said in Berlin. (tsp/afp)