Decision to Extend Nuclear Power May Come Before New Energy Concept

The government may decide on the extension of the operating life of the nuclear power plants before presenting its energy concept for Germany in autumn, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported.

Contrary to earlier plans this would mean that the role of nuclear power in the German energy mix will be decided upon before taking a decision on other energy forms. Previously, the government wanted experts to calculate how and with what consequences the energy demand and supply will develop if the life span of nuclear power stations is extended.

Without these estimates it is impossible to say how long nuclear power is still needed as a bridge technology for renewable energy sources, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the past. The recent dispute over the extension of nuclear power between Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen (CDU), who favoured a shorter extension, and his CDU colleague Prime Minister Stefan Mappus of Baden-Württemberg, who would like to extend nuclear power much longer, has changed this, says SZ. Angela Merkel reportedly wants to clarify the position with regard to nuclear power as soon as possible in order to stop party quarrels.

According to SZ, CDU Prime Minister Christian Wulff of Lower Saxony suggested to shut off older nuclear power plants that showed defects, while extending the life span of newer nuclear power plants.

Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

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