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Germany to phase out nuclear power: deputy minister

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:07 pm    Post subject: Germany to phase out nuclear power: deputy minister Reply with quote

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(Reuters) - A German deputy environment minister said the government would phase out all nuclear power in the country before 2020, taking a hard line stance that may not be reflective of the center-right coalition.

"A decision has been taken to shut down eight plants before the end of this year and they definitely won't be reactivated. And the remaining nine will be shut down by the end of the decade," Juergen Becker told Reuters on Monday.

"Japan has shown that even if there is a miniscule occurrence, the residual risk is too high to justify the continuation of nuclear power (...) It is better to go for other energy services in a civilized country," he said.

A phase out could cost the four big utility companies RWE, E.ON, EnBW and Vattenfall hundreds of millions of euros in lost profits every year.

Becker's comments come as the country's utility industry association BDEW said on Monday Germany became a net importer of power mainly from France, where state-owned utility EDF operates 58 reactors, including a notoriously old plant in Fessenheim directly on the German border.

Becker, one of the three deputy ministers, was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the United Arab Emirates.

NO DECISION YET?

Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly emphasized that no decision has been made since her cabinet intends to analyze the reports of two separate government-appointed commissions, one of which held its first meeting on Monday in the Chancellery.

"All of these issues (resulting from a possible nuclear power phase out) should be discussed, weighted and quantified," Merkel said on Monday before the meeting.

The "Ethics Commission for a Secure Energy Supply" under the leadership of former environment minister Klaus Toepfer and the president of the German Research Foundation DFG, Matthias Kleiner, is expected to present its findings at the end of May.

In an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland published on Monday, Kleiner warned it made little sense to shut down nuclear facilities in Germany only to then pay to import atomic energy from abroad.

"To only talk about an exit from nuclear energy is too simple," he said, adding the commission's mandate encompassed a long-term concept for a secure power supply.

"In the end we need to arrive at a national energy strategy that serves as a guideline for the coming decades and will be accepted by society as a whole," he told the business daily.

According to Germany's BDEW industry association, the country has been importing on balance 50 gigawatt hours (GWh) a day of power ever since the March 17 order by the government to shutter reactors amounting to a combined 7,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

Prior to this, a scenario typical of March had been in place, involving net exports of 70 to 150 GWh a day

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-germany-energy-nuclear-idUSTRE73330H20110404

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A German deputy environment minister said the government would phase out all nuclear power in the country before 2020


I tend to be a bit sceptical about "long-term" promises from politicians; but if Germany does phase out nuclear power then its global future has probably slumped somewhat.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree that long term plans by politicians are often meaningless.
They do however state that 8 plants will be shut down by the end of this year which is relatively soon.

I wonder what they propose to do for electricity instead.
Import largely nuclear generated power from France ? still nuclear and near enough to be dangerous to Germany if it blows up. It would of course mean less French electricity available for export to us.

Perhaps they propose a rapid expansion in natural gas burning power plants, that would almost certainly increase the price and reduce the supply available to us, both for near term filling of storage and for next winter.

Or perhaps they propose to hire or buy a vast fleet of diesel generators ? That has the merit of being quick and simple, but would drive up diesel fuel prices.

Or a return to coal ? probably not that likely, apart from the carbon emmisions, coal plant takes some years to build.
And the coal price has increased substantialy due to the Australian floods.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first thought when I saw this was "Greater reliance of Germany on Russia". Particularly as Germany doesn’t seem interested in MENA adventures.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest European roundup from the Grauniad:

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Poland determined to build nuclear power stations

Poland's centre-right government wants first two nuclear reactors to produce a tenth of the country's energy.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/05/poland-nuclear-programme

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UK nuclear plans on hold after Fukushima

A programme of nuclear power stations will be delayed by at least three months awaiting report on Japan disaster

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/05/uk-nuclear-plan-fukushima
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

energy-village wrote:
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A German deputy environment minister said the government would phase out all nuclear power in the country before 2020


I tend to be a bit sceptical about "long-term" promises from politicians; but if Germany does phase out nuclear power then its global future has probably slumped somewhat.


Remember that Germany is facing the possibility of a Green government coming to power at the next election. I think this is possibly an attempt by the CDU to try to stop some of those votes defecting to the Greens.
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