will have to delay the closure of its nuclear power plants

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The Russian gas crisis is bringing to light all the weaknesses of the German energy system. If a few weeks ago they opted to return to burning coal, now the German chancellor himself, Olaf Scholz, has put on the table the end of another great taboo: nuclear energy.


“It may make sense.” With these simple words, the German energy strategy has been completely turned around. At the end of this year, the closure of three nuclear power plants in Germany is planned, but despite the fact that they only represent a “small proportion”, Scholz replied that “it might still make sense” to keep them longer. A position that to date has been strongly denied.

Tests are already being carried out for winter. The specific decision on these plants has not yet been made, but the German authorities do explain that they are carrying out stress tests in order to see how the German electricity system reacts and to what extent they could need the nuclear energy of these plants.

The chancellor has explained that some regions such as Bavaria may need to maintain nuclear power for longer because the construction of new windmills and power stations has been delayed for longer than expected. “We also have to take that into consideration,” he has Scholz explained.

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Meanwhile, the Nord Stream 1 continues to have different delays to start up again normally. Gazprom excuses itself in a turbine that did not arrive, while Scholz himself has made these statements in front of hershowing that the drawbacks are not such.

The nuclear divides the three government parties. The German governing coalition is made up of three parties. Among them, the liberal party is committed to extending the life of nuclear power plants, while Scholz’s own Social Democrats and the Greens are opposed.

The difference between Germany and its neighboring country, France, is enormous. At the end of 2022, when Germany planned to close all its nuclear power, France will continue to have up to 58 nuclear reactors active. The rethinking by the German government is unlikely to change this great difference, but it does indicate that within the European Union nuclear energy is being viewed with different eyes, as shown by the fact that it has been included in the green taxonomy .

Germany, as a European economic engine, cannot remain paralyzed. The pressure on Germany is enormous. Not only behind closed doors, but as one of the main axes of the European Union. Scholz explained that during this year they have been exporting energy to France, which has had moments of difficulty as its nuclear power plants have been stopped for technical reasons. The German chancellor defines it as an “important contribution to European solidarity”.

We don’t know what will end up happening this winter, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Europe is ready to play any card. Even those who have defended more vigorously that they would not use.

Image | Lukáš Lehotsky

The Russian gas crisis is bringing to light all the weaknesses of the German energy system. If a few weeks…

The Russian gas crisis is bringing to light all the weaknesses of the German energy system. If a few weeks…

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