The continued operation of the nuclear power plant has become a hot topic due to the gas crisis. But there is still disagreement. All information about the gas crisis in the news ticker.
- SPD Vice speaks itself against nuclear power plant extension from: Matthias Miersch considers the discussion to be a “show debate”.
- calls Gazprom Turbine delivery “impossible”: The sanctions imposed on Russia are said to be to blame.
- Elimination of value added tax on the gas levy is being checked: the levy should not be a “basis for further tax revenue”.
- This news ticker on the gas crisis is constantly updated.
Update from August 4, 1:27 p.m.: “It’s finally time to act”: With these words, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) starts the press statement after his visit to the Isar 2 nuclear power plant. He also explains that his visit with Friedrich Merz (CDU) and Hubert Aiwanger (free voters). information visit was. The result: the nuclear power plant can continue to operate. Söder describes the fact that Bavaria is lagging behind in the expansion of renewable energies as a “blatant lie”.
Friedrich Merz also confirms that continued operation is possible. He urges the federal government to make a decision quickly. In his press statement, Hubert Aiwanger also urges the federal government to make a quick decision on Isar 2, since the current fuel rods could continue to produce electricity for months to come. “I accuse the federal government of having misled the public in recent months by using false pretenses,” says Aiwanger.
After visiting the Isar 2 nuclear power plant, Markus Söder and Friedrich Merz spoke out in favor of continued operation. © Peter Kneffel/dpa
SPD deputy speaks out against nuclear power plant extension
Update from August 4th, 11:33 am: The deputy leader of the SPD parliamentary group, Matthias Miersch, is against extending the service life of the remaining nuclear power plants beyond a short period of time. The current stress test for energy security is only intended to examine whether a short-term operation of the remaining piles is a solution, said Miersch in the program “Frühstart”. RTL and nv on Thursday. He called debates about a further extension of the term until 2024 “show discussions”.
Miersch said that those who demand this do not actually want the energy transition. “They want to slow down renewables and they want to go back to an antiquated energy policy.”
Gazprom calls turbine delivery “impossible” – blame the sanctions
Update from August 4, 8:34 a.m.: The turbine for Nord Stream 1 is still stuck in Germany. According to the gas company Gazprom, a delivery to Russia is “impossible”. The sanctions imposed on Moscow are to blame. In a statement released on Wednesday, the company also cited “ambiguities in the current situation regarding Siemens’ contractual obligations.” Both together make “the delivery impossible”.
With the lack of the Siemens turbine, which had been serviced in Canada, the Russian energy company Gazprom had justified the reduction of gas deliveries to only 20 percent of the possible extent.
Abolition of VAT on the gas levy is being examined
Update from August 3, 3:21 p.m.: The coalition is examining the elimination of VAT on the planned state gas surcharge. That said the energy policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Michael Kruse, the German Press Agency on Wednesday after a special session of the Energy and Climate Committee of the Bundestag. “The levy must not be a basis for further tax revenue. That’s why it’s currently being checked whether the VAT can be applied to the levy,” said Kruse.
“If this is not technically possible, it is clear to me that the additional government revenue must be returned to consumers together with further relief,” says Kruse. There are also legal problems with the implementation of the gas surcharge. Specifically, the question is whether customers with fixed-price contracts have to pay the levy. A spokesman for Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) spoke on Wednesday of a detail that had to be clarified.
Russia speaks of further problems with Nord Stream 1
Update from August 3, 2:27 p.m.: Russia has again denied any blame for the still uninstalled turbine in the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. The turbine is now in Germany, but the Russian state-owned company Gazprom, as the owner, still lacks the necessary papers, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the news agency on Wednesday interfax according to.
Peskow also warned against sanctioning the turbine and possibly switching it off remotely in the end. Another machine is having problems, but technicians from a Siemens subsidiary “are in no hurry to fix it,” the Kremlin spokesman claimed. Russia only ever speaks of Siemens, but what is meant is the company Siemens Energy.
Weil continues to reject fracking: Söder “unfortunately cut himself”
Update from August 3, 1:49 p.m.: Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) has reiterated his opposition to the controversial gas fracking. With a view to the question of how energy can be made available in Germany as quickly as possible, Weil said on Wednesday in Hanover: “Fracking will simply not be able to contribute to this.” In the best case, such projects can be made common in three to five years. Weil was convinced that the energy crisis had long since been overcome by this time.
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had in the Süddeutsche Zeitung a few days ago, the question of using domestic gas reserves was raised in view of the energy shortage resulting from the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. “Nobody wants yesterday’s fracking. But it makes sense to check whether there are new and environmentally friendly methods,” said the CSU leader. “According to experts, there are large natural gas fields in Lower Saxony in particular,” he added. Weil said that if Söder thinks he can solve Bavaria’s current problems with it, “unfortunately he cut himself.”
Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil spoke out clearly against the fracking of natural gas in Germany. © Julian Stratenschulte/dpa
Gas prices have tripled: government is reluctant to make forecasts
Update from August 3, 12:02 p.m.: The consumer prices for gas have the comparison portal Verivox according to new records. Gas costs have tripled year-on-year, he said Verivox on Wednesday with Although the federal government stated that further developments on the energy market are not foreseeable, the portal nevertheless assumes further price increases. “However, the price will rise significantly higher, because the wholesale prices for gas are currently well above this level,” analyzed the portal. “Therefore, consumers must be prepared for further price increases in the coming months.”
In addition, there is the gas levy announced by the government, with which additional costs for importers due to missing deliveries from Russia are to be passed on to all gas customers, explained Verivox. For the example family with an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours, “taking VAT into account, this means additional costs of between 357 and 1190 euros”. However, the federal government explained that “in view of the uncertain and volatile situation on the energy markets”, the development of end consumer prices for gas, electricity and fuel cannot yet be mapped.
Nuclear power plant extension “can make sense”
Update from August 3, 10:48 am: Olaf Scholz has made it clear that, from a technical point of view, there is no reason to reduce gas supplies from Russia to Germany. “There are no technical reasons for non-compliance with the supply contracts,” he explained when Siemens Energy visited the turbine planned for Nord Stream 1. The Chancellor also addressed the issue of nuclear power plants and their lifetime extension. Since part of Germany’s electricity is also produced using gas, this is now being discussed. In this way, the power supply could become more independent again.
The power plants are “only relevant for electricity production and only for a small part of it,” said Scholz in Mülheim an der Ruhr. “But it can still make sense.”
Scholz referred to the “different” expansion of renewable energies in the federal states. “You know that in Bavaria in particular, progress was very slow with the expansion of wind energy.” The expansion of the transmission grids in the south also “did not progress as quickly as planned”. All of this must be taken into account. Before making a decision, however, the result of the current renewed stress test on the energy supply should first be awaited, said Scholz.
Scholz considers the turbine situation to be “clear and simple”
Update from August 3, 9:37 a.m.: During his visit to the Nord Stream 1 turbine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz explains that nothing stands in the way of the turbine being transported further. Only Russia would still have to approve the delivery. He describes the situation as “clear and simple”. But Scholz also knows: “It must be clear that there are always presumed reasons that something does not work.” Germany must be prepared at all times for gas supplies to be further curtailed.
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz inspecting the turbine for Nord Stream 1. © Bernd Thissen/dpa
Olaf Scholz inspects turbine for Nord Stream 1: “Blow up Putin’s bluff”
First report from August 3, 9:31 a.m.: Berlin/Mülheim an der Ruhr/Montreal – In the gas dispute with Russia, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to inspect the turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline on Wednesday, which is being stored in Mülheim an der Ruhr on the way from Canada to Russia. This was announced by the energy technology group Siemens Energy on Tuesday. The turbine is ready for onward transport to Russia, it said.
Gas crisis: Delivery of the turbine by Canada as a “strong sign”
In an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail Scholz defended the delivery, which is controversial because of the circumvention of sanctions. “By delivering the turbine, we blew up Putin’s bluff,” he said. “He can no longer use this pretext and no longer bring up technical reasons for the lack of gas deliveries.”
Scholz defended Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was under pressure because of the turbine deliveries. “For me, the criticism of Justin Trudeau and his government is completely unfounded,” he said. “The decision to supply the turbine is hardly a favor to Gazprom, but rather a strong sign of support for Germany and Europe.”
Gazprom justification: Turbine as reason for throttled gas supply
Since June, Russia has cut back gas supplies via Nord Stream 1. The energy company Gazprom justified this with the missing turbine. According to the Russian energy company Gazprom, it is important in order to build up the pressure required to pump the gas through. Gazprom has repeatedly accused its contractual partner Siemens Energy of not having sent the necessary documents and information to repair the machine. Siemens Energy had denied Gazprom’s allegations.
According to the Kremlin, Russia is hoping for a speedy return of the repaired gas turbine in view of the reduced gas supplies through the pipeline. According to Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck, she has been in Germany since July 18. (dpa/ph)