The German government confirmed the “nuclear blackout” for April 15

A solar park in front of a nuclear plant in Stadland, Germany (Reuters) (BENJAMIN WESTHOFF /)

The German government maintains the objective of proceeding to the “nuclear blackout” he April 15when its last three plants will be disconnectedafter having approved in 2022 a postponement of three and a half months to the schedule initially planned for the goodbye to that source of energy.

The Minister of the Environment, the green Steffi Lemke, ratified in statements to the media group Mediengruppe that there will be no new extension or reserve situation for these plants, since the energy supply is guaranteed.

The risks of atomic energy are uncontrollable”, added the minister, for whom the energy supply situation in Germany is better than in some “neighboring countries” that are more dependent on their nuclear plants.

“Bet on him development of renewables will be, in the long run, the best way to guarantee price stability in the sector”, according to Lemke.

Initially, the goodbye to nuclear energy should have occurred on December 31, 2022, the scheduled date to deactivate the last three plants.

The Isar 2 plant in Landshut, Germany (Reuters)
The Isar 2 plant in Landshut, Germany (Reuters) (AYHAN UYANIK /)

However, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s tripartite party between Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals approved an extension in October to guarantee supply in the face of the energy crisis precipitated by the war in Ukraine.

The decision was taken personally by Scholz, given that his liberal and green partners could not reach an agreement on the matter.

Scholz made use of his special powers and ordered the three ministries involved – the Economy and Climate Protection and the Environment, which are led by the Greens, and the Finance, of the liberal Christian Lindner – to draw up a new regulation to open the corresponding parliamentary procedure.

The decision meant that the last plants- Isar 2 and Neckar 2, in the south of the country, and Lingen, in the center- they would be disconnected on April 15, as a compromise solution to the pulse maintained by the head of Economy, the green Robert Habeck, and the liberal Lindner, in charge of Finance.

For the Greens, a party for whom the blackout is a kind of hallmark, any postponement was hard to swallow, while Lindner’s Liberals insisted that all three plants must be left in operation or in reserve until 2024.

Both Habeck and Lemke considered Scholz’s decision to be acceptable, since it implies that it will not be necessary to use new fuel rods -nor will more radioactive waste be generated-, but that the existing ones will continue until April 15.

The postponement represented a new modification in the blackout calendar, first promoted by the Social Democratic Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in 2000, with the Greens as allies, and recovered in 2011 by the conservative Angela Merkel as a result of the catastrophe of the Japanese power plant in Fukushima.

The last three plants provided barely 6% of total electricity consumption at the end of 2022, but they were considered necessary for security of supply.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Germany has accelerated the reduction of its energy dependence on Moscow to a minimum.

In return, he had to reactivate various coal farmsalthough it maintains the objective of also abandoning this energy source between 2030 and 2038.

(With information from EFE)

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