Big decision in Germany in the New Year’s Eve. “By massively increasing renewable energy and accelerating the expansion of the electricity grid we can show that this is possible in Germany,” Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck said after the country on Friday is shutting down half of the six nuclear plants it still has in operation. The three reactors now being shuttered were first powered up in the mid-1980s. The three nuclear are located in Grohnde, Brokdorf and Grundremmingen. Combined, they had an output of 4.2 gigawatts.Total costs for the dismantling are estimated by E.ON at 1.1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) per plant. More than two-thirds of the workers will continue to be involved in post-shutdown operations through to the 2030s.
The German government said this week that decommissioning all nuclear plants next year and then phasing out the use of coal by 2030 won’t affect the country’s energy security or its goal of making Europe’s biggest economy “climate neutral” by 2045. “Nuclear power plants remain high-risk facilities that produce highly radioactive atomic waste,” Environment Minister Steffi Lemke declared. Experts say some nuclear waste material will remain dangerously radioactive for 35,000 generations. Germany aims to make renewables meet 80% of power demand by 2030 through expanding wind and solar power infrastructure. Earlier this year, the German government set ambitious climate goals to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.