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Germany closes three nuclear power plants as the focus shifts to renewable energy

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The phasing out of energy, which some consider clean and cheap, is an irreversible step for Europe’s largest economy, despite facing ambitious climate goals and rising electricity prices.

Germany aims to ensure that renewable energy meets 80% of electricity demand by 2030 by expanding its wind and solar infrastructure. (Reuters)

Germany has plugged in three of the last six nuclear power plants as it focuses on renewable energy and is moving towards completing its withdrawal from nuclear power plants.

The government has decided to accelerate the phasing out of nuclear power following the 2011 meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima reactor, where the earthquake and tsunami destroyed coastal plants in the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Were determined.

The reactors of Brokdorf, Grownde and Gundremmingen C, operated by the power companies EON and RWE, shut down late Friday after three and a half years of operation.

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The last three nuclear power plants (Isar 2, Emsland and Neckarwestheim II) will be shut down by the end of 2022.

Preusen Electra, which operates the Brokdorf and Grownde factories, said in a statement on Saturday that the two were closed shortly before midnight on Friday.

RWE said the Gundremmingen C plant also shut down on Friday night.

Six nuclear power plants contributed about 12% of Germany’s electricity generation in 2021. Preliminary numbers are shown.

The share of renewable energy was almost 41%, coal power generation was less than 28%, and gas power generation was about 15%.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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