In the Hamburg district of Moorburg, the oven is off. At the turn of the year, the energy supplier took the blocks of its combined heat and power plant off the grid. The plant on the Elbe produced around seven million kilowatt hours of electricity last year. In the future, they should come from renewable energy sources. Another substance that has previously been extracted in Moorburg will be more difficult to replace: gypsum. So far, that has been 200,000 tons per year.
By 2038 at the latest, coal-fired power generation will end nationwide. The scenario also triggers fears even among top managers, who think that is correct in principle. Companies that need a lot of energy, such as the aluminum producer Hydro, fear rising electricity costs. Others doubt the security of supply because solar and wind power fluctuate and there is a lack of storage.