Berlin refuses to disclose details of €4bn coal phase-out deal with energy firms

Euractiv | Jul 3, 2020 at 9:55 AM
  • German energy companies LEAG and RWE are set to receive over €4 billion for closing their lignite-fired power plants.
  • Just a few hours before MPs are supposed to vote on the bill, the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg rejected yesterday (2 July) an urgent motion tabled by green campaigners who requested access to the documents containing the details of the government’s deal with operators of lignite power plants.
  • Referring to the German Environmental Information Act, environmental lawyers ClientEarth and the internet platform FragDenStaat, wanted to know what criteria was used to calculate the compensation offered to energy firms in exchange for their commitment to close the country’s remaining lignite-fired power plants.