Germany will extend the operation of its last three nuclear power plants, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Monday, October 17. “The legal framework will be created to allow the operation of the Isar 2, Neckarwestheim 2 and Emsland nuclear power plants beyond December 31, 2022 and until April 15, 2023.”A letter from the chancellor to the government indicated that Agence France-Presse (AFP) was able to consult.
Between energy needs and political considerations, Berlin previously announced only that Maintenance of two out of three plants by the end of 2022.
Europe’s largest economy is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian energy imports amid the war in Ukraine. Germany initially aimed to phase out nuclear power by the end of 2022.
The fate of the Emsland power plant in northern Germany (Lower Saxony), Mr. Scholz’s (Social Democrats) coalition fueled friction within the government, particularly between the anti-nuclear Greens and the Liberal Democrats (FDP). But the president took the decision without consensus.
Friction within the coalition government
Justice Minister Marco Bushmann (FDP) welcomed the chancellor’s decision on Twitter. “Common sense prevails… it strengthens our country as it ensures greater grid stability and lower electricity prices”While nuclear currently represents 6% of net electricity generation in Germany, he was delighted.
But the decision is a fresh blow to German economy minister Robert Haebeck, an ecologist whose friction with his finance colleague, liberal Christian Lindner, has become increasingly apparent. Mr. Conclusion of Scholz “A Snub for Habek”Commented Build Monday.
Environment Minister Steffi Lemke welcomed “Clarification” done by the President, which according to him does not in any way mean abandoning the final stage of nuclear power. “Germany to finally go nuclear on April 15, 2023”There will be no “Life Extension” Power plants, he said on Twitter.
The NGO Greenpeace, on its part, said Mr. described Sholes’ conclusion“irresponsible”. “Extending the lives of nuclear power plants puts us all at unjustifiable risk”said Martin Kaiser, Executive Director of Greenpeace Germany.
Although the German government aims to phase out this energy by 2030, it has decided to extend the operation of several coal-fired power plants until the spring of 2024.
Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg said in an interview on German television on October 12 that it would be better to continue using Germany’s existing nuclear power plants than to convert them to coal.
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