The Commission to Review the Financing for the Phase-out of Nuclear Energy (Kommission zur Überführung der Finanzierung des Kernenergieausstiegs – KFK) presented its final report on 27 April 2016. It included a proposal to establish a EUR 23.3 billion state operated fund to finance nuclear waste storage, initially paid for by the power plant operators of Germany’s four large utilities – RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall and EnBW. Responsibility for decommissioning and dismantling the nuclear power plants shall remain with the operators indefinitely.
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Some months ago the German government and the federal states (Länder) agreed to restart the search for a permanent German nuclear waste disposal site. The opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) has now suggested a new statute (Endlagerverfahrensgesetz – Permanent Disposal Procedure Act) to coordinate the search process.
The nuclear phase-out until 2022, which the government proposed in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident, and the accelerated transition into an age of renewable energy supply can almost go ahead as planned. The Bundesrat (Federal Council) followed the Bundestag’s (Federal Parliament’s) vote of 1 July 2011 and approved the energy legislative package in its last session before the summer break. However, the Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings Act was rejected.
Despite a heated debate in which the opposition called the government’s shift in its nuclear policy after the Fukushima nuclear accident an act of opportunism, the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed the amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG – ref. no. 17/6070) with a clear majority of 513 to 79 votes and 8 abstentions. The no votes were mainly cast by the Left party.
Continue reading ‘Clear Bundestag Majority for 2022 Nuclear Phase-Out and Coalition Party Approval for Energy Package’
On Friday the Bundesrat (Federal Council, upper house) discussed the energy legislative package of draft bills took place. With the package, the government intends to effect a nuclear phase-out until 2022 and wants to create the legal basis for a faster transition into an age of renewable energy supply. In a unanimously adopted statement, the Bundesrat welcomed what it considered to be an opportunity for a genuine and lasting energy consensus, which takes account of the need for a stable, secure, affordable and environment-friendly energy supply. The Bundesrat prepared demands, comments and recommendations on various issues.
Yesterday the first reading of the legislative package of draft bills took place in the Bundestag (Federal Parliament). With this package, the German government intends to effect a nuclear phase-out until 2022 and wants to create the legal basis for a faster transition into an age of renewable energy supply.
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.