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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier put the administrative agreement on the construction of shore power plants into effect on Tuesday, November 3rd, after all federal states had previously approved it. The federal government is thus providing the federal states with a total of 176 million euros in financial aid for the construction of shore power systems in sea and inland ports until 2023. “We are taking a big step towards a comprehensive, environmentally and climate-friendly shore power supply in German ports, as we have in the coalition agreement promised ”, said Altmaier. “Even if shipping is already one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport in terms of its transport performance, we must continue to advance the maritime energy transition.” Shores can use shore power to supply themselves with electricity from renewable energies while they are in port and switch off their on-board diesel generators to generate electricity. In the case of large container and cruise ships, capacities in the order of magnitude between 4 and 16 MW are used, which roughly corresponds to the electricity needs of smaller cities. As a result, in addition to air pollutants such as nitrogen and sulfur oxides, climate-damaging CO2 emissions as well as noise and vibrations can be avoided, especially in inner cities. Thanks to federal financial aid, the federal states will be financially able to expand the sometimes very expensive shore power infrastructures in their ports. Altmaier: “The federal states can call up the financial aid immediately and, with our support, put their ports on shore power. This will make the ‘blue economy’ a bit greener. ”The federal government will contribute 75 percent to the measures taken by the federal states in 2020 and 2021 in order to ensure rapid implementation and avoid delays caused by COVID-19. From 2022, the federal government will support the federal states with 50 percent. In a memorandum of understanding that Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier concluded with the federal states in October 2019, the federal states were promised further measures to improve the use of the facilities. This includes the option, which has already come into force, of offering daily service prices to seagoing vessels for network charges, as well as a reduction in the EEG surcharge for seagoing vessels to 20 percent, which is being implemented with the current EEG amendment. An EU initiative is to be launched shortly to generally improve the use of shore power in European ports.
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