BDEW in Favour of Accelerated Nuclear Phase-Out

After an extraordinary and controversial meeting on Friday, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed that after the Fukushima nuclear disaster it supported a faster nuclear phase-out until 2020 respectively 2022/2023 at the latest. Security of supply, climate protection and affordable energy prices should be ensured during the phase-out.

The later 2022/2023 deadline complies with the 2002 exit amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG), which the current government repealed with last year’s 11th and 12th AtG amendments, which lead to an extension of the operating times of the 17 German nuclear power plants.

BDEW also stated its political demands for a speedy phase-out. Inter alia, the association called coal and gas indispensible for a long time to come.

BDEW members agreed that the result of the current, intensive energy debate offers great opportunities, BDEW President Ewald Woste, CEO of Thüga AG, emphasised. He called on politicians on federal and state level, to actively work for a new consensus and enact the necessary laws. This shall comprise an amendment of the government’s recent Energy Concept. The majority in BDEW considered this to be the only way to achieve the necessary acceptance for the transition towards an energy generation of the future providing planning, investment and legal certainty for all players involved.

According to Handelsblatt, Germany’s largest utilities E.ON AG and RWE AG, both BDEW members, refused to endorse the new BDEW position.

Source: BDEW; Handelsblatt

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