Germany Weighs Extending Lifespan of Nuclear Power Plants in Effort to Secure Country’s Energy Supply
Germany is mulling whether or not to extend the lifespan of its existing nuclear power plants amid growing uncertainty surrounding the country’s energy supply.
According to Reuters, which cited an interview with German broadcaster ARD, the country’s economy minster Robert Habeck suggested that the country is undecided whether or not to extend the life of the three remaining nuclear power plants amid growing concerns over Germany’s energy supply future. “It is part of my ministry’s tasks to answer this question. I would not reject it on ideological grounds— but the preliminary examination has shown that it does not help us,” he said.
Germany currently has only three power plants left, after the country decided to forego its reliance on nuclear energy a decade ago following the devastation caused by Japan’s Fukushima disaster. But, despite growing concerns surrounding the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the three energy companies that own the nuclear power plants suggest that extending their duration would not be beneficial for the 2022/2023 winter season.
“Because the preparations for the shutdowns are already so far advanced that the nuclear power plants could only continue to operate under the highest safety concerns and possibly with fuel supplies that have not yet been secured,” said Habeck, adding that it is “certainly not what we want.”
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