Friday, June 3, 2011

Germany sets 2022 as closing date for all nuclear plants in the country

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans for a gradual closing of all of Germany's nuclear power plants, with the last of them closing by 2022. The plan would be for plants to close in 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022, while offsetting each of these closures with more alternative energy sources, especially onshore and offshore wind farms.
This story really came out of left field for me, because I had no idea there was even a single country that is actually near instituting a nuclear power exit policy. We see many countries implementing safer nuclear plants or just adding more renewable energy sources, but germany seems to be taking the Fukishima incident to heart and determined to lead the way in clean energy use. Germany will definitely be watched by other nations as an example of a major western country removing most or all of its nuclear plants, and determining the feasibility of a near wholesale switch to clean energy.

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