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Germany to be nuclear-power-free by 2030

DDP/The Local · 20 Feb 2010, 11:30

Published: 20 Feb 2010 11:30 GMT+01:00

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Röttgen, a member of the conservative Christian Democrats, told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper that even by the most sceptical of forecasts, Germany would reach its goal of getting 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, thus allowing the country's remaining nuclear power stations to shut down. Renewable sources currently supply 16 percent of Germany's electricity.

Röttgen also rejected criticism from within the centre-right government that he was being unfaithful to its position of not talking about nuclear power station lifespans until after the official energy concept had been prepared.

"That is an argument, but it is not correct," he said. "In the coalition contract it says that nuclear power is a stopgap until renewable energy can take over the supply reliably and at competitive prices. That's exactly the line I am following."

By 2030, Germany's youngest nuclear power stations will have reached a lifespan of 40 years, eight longer than that agreed on by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's centre-left coalition of Social Democrats and Greens.

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) believes that this target is still achievable. "We can still cover 40 percent from renewable energy by around 2020," UBA president Jochen Flasbarth told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Saturday.

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Röttgen also compared Germany's energy policy favourably with that of the United States, where President Barack Obama intends to build new nuclear power stations.

"The US has an outdated energy supply structure and will not be able to switch to environmentally friendly electricity as quickly as we can," he said. "Germany is a technological leader in renewable energy, which is where the jobs of the future can be created."

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11:52 February 20, 2010 by Celeon
Now if just someone figures out cold fusion within the next 20 years we will all be fine. :-D
15:37 February 20, 2010 by Clapoti
So they will have 40% of their energy from renewable sources... what will be the rest... still coal???
18:49 February 20, 2010 by wxman
"... I come from Quebec and there we have 96% of our energy from renewable sources... they should stop comparing themselves to the US and compare thems…" Typical. Say something outrageous and not back it up with details. What are you talking about? Wind and solar? Both sources are notoriously unreliable (wind don't blow; sun don't shine) and what they produce is difficult and expensive to store till needed. Batteries cost a fortune and still lose the stored energy fairly quickly. Not to mention, so I will, the fact that ALL the windmills delivered last year to Minnesota to please the greenies, froze up this winter and are effing useless. Still, your comment does have a purpose, it reminds us what Americans would look like if they were stupid socialists.
21:03 February 20, 2010 by badthoughs
Quebec has all it's electricity from hydroelectric dams. The question is not about hydro, it's the cheapest form of electricity, well, where the geography permit it.

The question is about wind and solar, Quebec has less then 1% wind and ~0% solar.

Beside, Germany is 6.5% wind, 5% biomass and 3.5% hydro, 15.5% renewable (2008 numbers, eia)

Personnaly I highly doubt we can rely highly on wind, solar and biomass (yeah, let's burn trees and get 50% of electricity from biomass, it's green ...)

I think Germany is THE leader in renewables, but I think even Germans will back up.
13:41 February 21, 2010 by michael4096
The world will be different in 2030 and the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (as the marketing guys would put it) of all options will change. Even with the long lead times for infrastructure decisions, deciding nuclear's fate 20 years from now sounds more like religious dogma than the hard cost/benefit evaluation I expect from the ministers who's salaries I pay for.
15:37 February 21, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Clapoti your comment is quite interesting, let's see so more details, are you trying to say that you live in area that supports large amounts of people, millions on almost 100% renewable energy, there is no way in h.ell you can be talking about any kind of large populated area, and even in a small area I would still question 96% of it being renewable, you must be talking about a few individual farm houses. I know of no large city or large populated area in this world that is running on 96% renewable energy your in dream land.
10:46 February 22, 2010 by michael4096


I think you owe Clapoti an apology.

BTW with google, you could have found it yourself in less time than it took to write your 'contribution'.
16:03 February 22, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Wait just one minute micheal4096, instead of pointing me to another web sight to try and prove your point, why can't you lay it out, your just like Clapoti you claim it but nothing else. Let me also restate my question ok Ontario use's hydroelectric energy they have for years and I know this, fair enough. But I don't think thats what Clapoti was talking about, he's talking about wind mills and solar energy, and I'm telling you that is BS, yes that type of energy might be taking care of very small area's but it's not lighting city's with large amount's of people, if it was we in America would be lighting up chicago and new york with this.
16:18 February 22, 2010 by tollermann
Bipa excellent picture! Germany has a more up to date energy grid because all of their stuff was blown up or taken away by Russkies in 1945!
16:36 February 22, 2010 by michael4096

You ask for more info, I point you to more info, you still moan.

Clapoti claimed "renewable sources" and hydroelectric is a renewable resource - unlike coal or oil you don't just use it and lose it but like wind and sun it comes back tomorrow.

Maybe *you* don't think that's what Clapoti is talking about but it is quite clearly what he stated and he was quite correct in stating it.
18:02 February 22, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Oh come on please quit playing with words, you know that he did not mean hydroelectric. It sounds like your also trying to change your toon as well. You and him ment wind farms and solar, I've seen some of the articles on this already its part of big thing thats going on in ontario, but its' only going on in the rural areas in fact many canadians are also having issues with it because of the noise, and the room these wind mills take up,as well as the true inefficientcy of them. Lets get to biggest question I asked and I'll ask you, what big city or major populated area of ontario or canada itself is being powered by wind farms and solar? I can answer that question for you "not one city or major populated area"

See first you and him took smaller facts and tried to draw it into a bigger false picture, then when I called you on it you then tried to make this into a hydroelectric argument which you know from the start was not what we were talking about, in other words your a lyer. And if your point was hydroelectric why did the sight you point me to center around windfarms and solar energy?
19:10 February 22, 2010 by michael4096
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