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Gas crisis spurs Germany to mull extending life of nuclear plants

Reuters reports on Germany’s gas crisis.

The C3 Take
  • Energy supply shocks may force many Germans to ration electricity and heating use this fall and winter.
  • German legislators are considering extending the country’s fleet of nuclear power, which provided 6% of Germany’s power production in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Germany’s energy crunch emphasizes the folly of a mandated, renewables-only, energy policy.
  • To reach climate and energy security goals, policymakers must unlock avenues to increase energy diversification and choice.

“Germany’s remaining nuclear plants are scheduled to be shut down by year-end after former Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to phase out nuclear power following the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan in 2011.”

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