Germany will shut down ALL of it’s nuclear power plants by 2022.
The ruling party in Germany had set up a committee to look at the viability of nuclear power following the Fukoshima disaster in Japan. After recent mass demonstrations the German government had come under sustained public pressure to end nuclear power. Meanwhile, Switzerland and Italy have shelved their plans for new reactors.
Merkel said that with its “fundamental” rethink of energy policy, Germany could set an example for other countries. “We believe we as a country can be a trailblazer for a new age of renewable energy sources,” the German chancellor was quoted as saying by AFP news agency. This has deservedly been the lead story
on the BBC for the last 2 days.
By ending it’s reliance on nuclear power generation there will be a gap of 22% of Germany’s energy needs that will need to be filled by another cheaper and hopefully (non-polluting) means of energy generation.