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Electricity imports making up for nuclear suspension

The Local · 4 Apr 2011, 11:39

Published: 04 Apr 2011 11:39 GMT+02:00

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In the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis following the devastating tsunami more than three weeks ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the reactors would be closed for three months and the government would conduct a review of nuclear policy and safety over the same period.

Including an overhaul on an eighth atomic plant, Germany is short of 120 gigawatt hours of electricity per day, BDEW boss Hildegard Müller said in Hannover.

“Since March 17 there has been an excess of imports. The electricity currents from France and the Czech Republic have doubled,” she said, adding that exports to the Netherlands and Switzerland have been halved.

Müller urged the government to use the three-month moratorium to reach a “consensus between the parties, between the states and federal government, activist groups and of course the energy sector.”

This should also include the expertise of the energy industry, she added.

Meanwhile electricity prices have increased by between 10 and 12 percent on the wholesale market, she said.

Last week, energy company RWE became the first firm to launch a legal challenge against the Merkel government’s suspension of the older nuclear reactors.

The firm is fighting the temporary closure of Biblis A plant in Hesse. Renowned legal experts had doubts whether the closure was legal, a company spokesman said last Thursday.

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The government used the nuclear energy law to back up its decision. According to this law, authorities can call for a suspension if there is deemed to be a danger to life, health or material assets.

Merkel was widely criticized for the suspension, which was a U-turn on her previous policy of extending the lifetimes of nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years. Critics accused her of playing politics ahead of key state elections.


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13:42 April 4, 2011 by karenandklaus
Importing from CZ and France AND exporting to the Netherlands and Switzerland???? Does this sound crazy?
14:25 April 4, 2011 by idiot
Buy it for the half, sell it for the double.
14:39 April 4, 2011 by Englishted
It is nuclear power from France idiot Greens.
20:00 April 4, 2011 by cobalisk
Idiot greens?

They did not suspend the current reactors..that was the CDU.

Blame the CDU for this, it was Merkel's decision to order the reactors shut down Greens had nothing to do with it. Merkel stated that she had a change of heart in the wake of the atomic catastrophe unfolding in Japan.

All CDU ppl, this all falls on the CDU, don't get things mixed up here.
03:12 April 5, 2011 by neunElf
That is correct, it is not the Greens who are to blame for this,stupidity, they like it and think it is the proper policy, but they didn't pull the switch. It was the adults, the CDU, who decided that appealing to unreasonable fear was a route to continued hegemony in BW.

I wonder how the frightened masses will feel when their imagined fear of tsunami induced nuclear disasters comes face to face with the real fear of blackouts, economic stagnation and much higher energy bills, while still depending on nuclear energy? Tthe only difference being that it will be supplied from France and they will reap the economic benefits!
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