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Germany may import Austrian energy in winter

The Local · 13 Aug 2011, 08:12

Published: 13 Aug 2011 08:12 GMT+02:00

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Citing a letter from Germany's electricity agency canvassing eight Austrian providers, the Kurier newspaper said that Berlin was concerned it would not have enough power for the south of the country should this winter be another hard one.

Following the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan this March, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government decided to shut down all 17 of Germany's nuclear reactors over the next 11 years.

Austrian providers would be an alternative to prolonging the life of one of the German reactors, an issue on which the electricity agency is to make a decision later this month.

Austria itself imports electricity in the winter as its hydroelectric generators do not produce enough.

Exporting power to Germany would push Austria's gas-run generators to the limit and increase the alpine nation's carbon dioxide emissions, the report added.

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11:38 August 13, 2011 by pepsionice
Hmmm....so the first indicator of needing to buy extra power. Added cost bundled into this deal to the Austrians? I'm betting they charged a fee or two. Don't worry, as you turn off more nuke plants....there are more countries out there to sell you more power.....with various fees in the pricing scheme.
12:01 August 13, 2011 by nec123
All nuke plants in EU older than 10 year must be closed ASAP since it is a big danger not for the country where they are located but also for neighbours.

the explosion in Chernobile Nuklear plant caused too many got cancer within first 20 years in the south Turkey which is my hometown is at and later-effects is still continuous.

Do anyone have the right to let my little child catch cancer?
16:00 August 13, 2011 by harcourt
HELP HELP !! The sky is falling !!
08:17 August 14, 2011 by ovalle3.14
"Catch" cancer? Man, I caught a cancer!
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