Digital Desk, Berlin. Economic Affairs and Climate Action Minister Robert Habeck said Germany’s electricity supply is secure, yet the country is proceeding with its nuclear phase. At the end of this year, the operating licenses of the last three nuclear power plants in Germany will expire, and the facilities will be permanently closed, Xinhua news agency reports.
This shutdown is scheduled for the end of 2022. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWI) said it would complete another important phase of the nuclear phase-out agreed in 2011 and significantly enhance nuclear security in this country.
Habeck said the security of supplies in Germany continues to be guaranteed. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel initiated a nuclear moratorium, including safety inspections of all nuclear power plants. This has led Germany to accelerate the phasing out of nuclear power.
BMWi said that however this did not affect the reliability of the power supply, which has increased in recent years and exceeds international standards. It will remain at this high level with nuclear phase-outs in the future. In the meantime, Habeck stressed that it is important to systematically pursue the transformation of our energy supply. A secure supply of sustainably generated electricity is a vital prerequisite for aligning our economy and industry with climate neutrality and thus creating sustainable prosperity. According to the Federal Statistical Office, about 57 percent of the electricity generated in Germany and the electricity supplied to the grid in the third quarter of 2021 came from conventional energy sources such as coal, natural gas or nuclear power.