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Dutch State goes to German court for coal measure

Compensation for closing coal-fired power stations

German law offers a unique opportunity to ask a judge in advance of an arbitration procedure whether the legal basis is valid. The two companies Uniper and RWE want compensation for the closure of their coal-fired power plant in 2030. The ministry is of the opinion that the Coal Prohibition Act has been carefully drawn up and is the result of thorough democratic decision-making, in which all interests have been carefully weighed. .

Minister Bas van ‘t Wout:

Anyone who disagrees with government policy can go to court. Uniper and RWE have also gone to national courts. In addition, they have also filed an arbitration case. The handling of an arbitration case often takes a long time and is a costly procedure. That is why I would like to ask a judge before the procedure whether the legal basis is valid. We may be able to avoid the procedures and have saved the taxpayer a lot of money.

Reduce CO2 emissions

Given long-term developments, owners of coal-fired production installations could assume that government measures would eventually be taken to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, the law only prohibits the use of coal as a fuel in production installations that generate electricity. Other uses of the production installations are possible. There is also a long transition period of 10 years. During that period, operators can (partly) recoup their investments and this period gives them the opportunity to convert their power station to continue as a power station on other fuels.

Dutch State goes to German court for coal measure
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