From the point of view of the Green parliamentary group, the plans by Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) for a possible continued operation of two nuclear power plants do not represent a departure from the nuclear phase-out Wednesday in Berlin.
Rather, it is about the possible use of the so-called operational reserve. “We’re not buying new fuel rods,” she added. Nuclear energy remains a high-risk technology, the nuclear phase-out is a done deal – “we’re not shaking that up”.
Habeck explained on Tuesday evening that he expects two nuclear power plants to continue operating beyond the end of the year. As of today, his ministry assumes that the “reserve” will be drawn and that the Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim nuclear power plants will continue to be connected to the grid in the first quarter of 2023.
He had agreed with the operators of the nuclear power plants in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg on key points for the implementation of the planned deployment reserve by mid-April 2023 at the latest. The main reason for this is the tense situation on the French electricity market.
At the beginning of September, Habeck announced the plan for a possible reserve operation of two of the three nuclear power plants still in operation in Germany. Before the energy crisis, which is a consequence of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, it had been planned to shut down the last three nuclear power plants by the end of the year.
Habeck has the support of the parliamentary group for his course, said Mihalic. When asked whether the concrete decision to use the “operational reserve” would then be made by the government or parliament in the winter, she replied that this was not yet certain.
The draft law that regulates this is not yet available. Nevertheless, she was confident that a corresponding draft could be voted on in the Bundestag in October. (dpa)
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