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RWE power plant blocked for hours: energy supplier demands millions from activists


The damage caused by the climate activists is in the millions for RWE. Now the group is taking action and wants to see a corresponding sum from the protesters.

The damage caused by the climate activists is in the millions for RWE.

Now the group is taking action and wants to see a corresponding sum from the protesters.

Munich - Not only the climate activists who want to prevent the evacuation of Lützerath in favor of coal mining are currently occupying RWE.

The energy company is also taking action against environmentalists who blocked the Neurath lignite-fired power plant a good year ago.

The company demands 1.4 million euros.

In the criminal proceedings against a defendant at the district court of Grevenbroich, a company representative emphasized: "A corresponding civil lawsuit is being prepared."

In the process, a 24-year-old diverse person from Oldenburg is in the dock.

The allegations are disruption of public services and resistance to law enforcement officials.

According to the indictment, two activists are said to have chained themselves to the rails, which significantly restricted operations at the power plant.

Climate protest against RWE: Group had to shut down three power plant blocks and shut down one

According to Welt

, Eike G., who has to answer in court, is said to

have concreted his arm in a tube under the tracks, which was fastened with nails around 15 centimeters long.

The police struggled for 17 hours to free the activists.

During this period of time, no more coal could be delivered to the second largest lignite-fired power plant in Europe.

Normally, according to the


, supplies come across the tracks every 20 minutes.

The result: Three of the seven blocks were temporarily only running at "low load", and another had to be shut down.

Video: Between lignite and barricades - what is Lützerath about?

RWE is suing climate activists: 20,000 megawatt hours of electricity had to be purchased

The climate protectors claim that their action forced RWE to shut down the lignite-fired power plant, resulting in 8,000 tons less carbon dioxide being emitted.

On the other hand, the RWE employee pointed out that power plants had been started up elsewhere, which caused emissions there.

According to


, the engineer spoke in this context of "old power plants with poorer efficiency".

The sum of millions in the room consists of two parts.

The purchase of the electricity, which had already been sold in advance but could not be produced in Neurath because of the climate activists, cost 1.3 million euros.

This is said to have been 20,000 megawatt hours.

An additional 117,000 euros will be billed as the cost of oil and lignite to restart the shut down unit.

The next day of the trial is scheduled for Tuesday January 24th.

In the course of the current protests against the RWE strategy, numerous activists once again occupied the rails into the power plant.

The police intervened again, carried away the troublemakers who did not give way.

The alliance “Ende Gelände” had tweeted about the action: “There is no coal train here today.

We stand in the way of destruction with our bodies.”


Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-01-19

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