The financial aid promised by the federal government in the course of the coal phase-out for structurally weak hard coal power plant locations can flow.
Berlin – The federal government and the states concerned have signed an administrative agreement, the Federal Ministry of Economics announced on Tuesday. A total of just under 1.1 billion euros would be available by 2038. The federal government has already set funds in the budget for 2021 so that the funding measures can start quickly.
According to the Coal Regions Investment Act, 662 million euros of the aid went to North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony received 157 million euros, Saarland 128.5 million euros and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 52.5 million euros. Lower Saxony will also receive up to 90 million euros for the former lignite mining district in the Helmstedt district.
The money is to go to municipalities in which hard coal-fired power plants play an economically important role and which are shut down early. The first hard coal power plants went offline at the beginning of this year. With the money, the countries can implement measures to improve the economic infrastructure. According to the information, the federal government’s share of funding is up to 90 percent. (dpa)