Germany will hold two nuclear energy vegetation on standby till subsequent spring to forestall an vitality scarcity, officers mentioned on Monday, regardless of its plan to part out the facility supply by the tip of this yr.
The announcement got here following an influence system stress check to look at the safety of the nation’s electrical energy grid for the winter.
The federal government mentioned the stress check was due partially to the summer time droughts, French nuclear energy issues, and the tense vitality market state of affairs amid Russia’s warfare in Ukraine.
It concluded that whereas an electrical energy disaster or outage was unlikely, they “can not utterly be dominated out”.
Germany’s economics and local weather safety minister Robert Habeck assured in a press release on the federal government’s web site, that Germany has a excessive safety of provide for vitality.
He mentioned that the warfare in Ukraine had created a tense state of affairs and that the federal government was doing every little thing it might to keep away from a gasoline scarcity.
“It’s nonetheless impossible that there will likely be disaster conditions and excessive eventualities,” Habeck added within the assertion.
He specified that Germany would proceed to part out nuclear vitality with simply two vegetation remaining open via the 2022/2023 winter in southern Germany: Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim.
“Nuclear energy is and can stay a high-risk expertise, and the extremely radioactive waste will burden tens of generations to come back,” Habeck added.
A part of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition authorities, Habeck is the previous co-leader of the German Greens social gathering which is towards nuclear energy.
The nation was meant to part out its nuclear energy vegetation by the tip of this yr resulting from former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s authorities resolution following the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.
European governments are underneath strain to handle rising issues of pure gasoline shortages and potential energy or heating outages this winter.
Russia not too long ago reduce gasoline provides via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline whereas international locations scramble to seek out different sources of pure gasoline – usually used for heating.
European leaders are urging shoppers to avoid wasting vitality in preparation for the winter.