Germany readies extension of nuclear power plants’ lifespan

Three nuclear power stations with a combined capacity of 4.3GW could soon be allowed to operate beyond their end date

Big Zero Report 2022

Three nuclear power plants in Germany are expected to continue operations after their proposed end date to help the country go through the tough winter.

This follows a letter sent by German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz to ministers to lay the legal framework to keep these power stations open.

The three nuclear power stations have a combined capacity of 5.3GW – it is estimated that is enough to contribute nearly 6% to Germany’s electricity production.

Germany had previously planned to completely phase out nuclear power by the end of this year.

Christian Lindner, Germany’s Minister of Finance, said: “It is in the vital protest of our country and its economy that we maintain all our energy production capacities this winter. The Chancellor has now created clarity.

“The further use of nuclear power plants is an important contribution to grid stability, electricity costs and climate protection.

“We can create the legal basis together immediately. We will also work out viable solutions together for the winter of 2023/2024. People can rely on that after today’s decision.”

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