Delayed coal power plant symbol of “energy industry arrogance” - opinion
E.ON should have never begun building the long-delayed hard coal power plant in Datteln, because the energy transition was already in full swing at the start of construction in 2007 and coal “a phase-out model”, writes Jürgen Flauger in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. “The facility is a symbol for the arrogance with which the established energy industry has ignored the boom of renewable energies for way too long – and had brought onto itself the problems,” writes Flauger. Uniper had said that it cannot rule out further delays to the start of its new hard-coal power plant Datteln 4, “given pending lawsuits”. It was originally scheduled to start operation in 2011.
Find the opinion piece (behind paywall) in German here.
For more information, see the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?