The Isar II and Neckarwestheim nuclear power plants are to remain in emergency operation. The Emsland nuclear power plant will be disconnected from the grid. “Both nuclear power plants should still remain available until mid-April 2023 to provide an additional contribution to the power grid in southern Germany during the winter if necessary,” Habeck said, continuing: “At the same time, this means that all three nuclear power plants that are still connected to the grid in Germany, they will be properly disconnected according to the plan at the end of 2022.”
The third nuclear power plant, which is Emsland in Lower Saxony, will not be included in the temporary network reserve, so it is expected to be permanently shut down by the end of this year.
The newspaper Bild recalls that the Minister of Economy pushed through this solution despite the fact that the stress test does not rule out that Germany will not face a shortage of electricity. “Nuclear energy cannot be played with. A widespread extension of the service life would therefore also not be justified with regard to the safety status of nuclear power plants,” Habeck explains his solution.
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MP Gitta Connemannová (CDU) sharply criticizes the decision of the Minister of Economy. “Germany needs every kilowatt hour. And the most modern nuclear power plant, which is in Lower Saxony, is to be taken off the grid and the rest only in an emergency operation. This is an ideology superior to reason,” she declared. It calls for “the continued operation of all nuclear power plants”.
Jens Spahn, deputy chairman of the CDU caucus, considers Habeck’s decision a “fatal mistake”. He told Bild newspaper: “Party ideology is superior to the interests of our country. That is the principle of the Greens and this government coalition. In this crisis winter, we need absolutely every kilowatt-hour of electricity.” According to him, the German government bears full responsibility for rising prices and supply shortages.
The Greens are extremely uncomfortable with extending the life of a nuclear plant, as the party is fundamentally opposed to nuclear power. The previous government of conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel already decided to end the operation of nuclear power plants in Germany. The impetus for this was the accident of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan in 2011.
However, supporters of the continuation of the operation of nuclear power plants are the CDU/CSU and also the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), which are part of the government coalition.
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