July 1, 2022

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Germany separates three of its six nuclear plants

Germany separates three of its six nuclear plants

The factories of Brockdorf, Emsland and Gröhnde, the three in northern Germany, will cease to operate on the last day of 2021 and at the end of 2022 the factories of Neckarsheim 2, Isar 2 and Gundermann C in the south will suffer the same fate. Germany to become a country without atomic energy.

The atomic blackout is being carried out in the midst of a general consensus – the only group represented in the Bundestag that openly opposes the ultranationalist Alternative for Germany – but the path towards it, which began in 1998, has been marked by harsh political disagreements.

The Social Democrats, up until the 1980s, were a supporter of atomic energy as well, but then, with the increase in anti-nuclear protests that characterized the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the matter took a turn.

The consensus led to the 2001 law, which provided for the disconnection of all power plants after 32 years of operation. In 2002, a year after the law, atomic energy represented 30% of Germany’s energy matrix. Coal accounted for 52 percent and renewable energy 8 percent.

Renewable energies are close to 50% of the energy matrix

Renewables are currently close to 50% of the energy matrix, while atomic energy accounts for only 12.5%.

However, the high presence of coal in the energy matrix, 31.9 percent in the third quarter, remains a lunar part of the gradual atomic blackout due to the negative consequences of combating climate change. (efe, ntv)