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Germany’s Nuclear Energy Phase-Out, Explained

NIRS, May 8, 2023

On April 15, 2023 utilities in Germany shut down the country’s three
last remaining nuclear power plants. These closures mark the successful
planned phase-out of German nuclear energy from the nation’s grid. What does this mean for Germany? What lessons should the U.S. take away from the
German energy transition?

Germany’s Energiewende (“energytransition”) is an overarching policy commitment to achieve a low-carbon, nuclear-free economy and transition to renewable energy. While the recently completed phase-out of nuclear power is a major milestone for Germany’s energy transition, it was by no means a perfect process nor is the current
energy system in Germany a perfect example to follow.

But, Germany’s transition shows that an energy policy grounded in environmental values works – and the earlier climate policy is implemented, the sooner the
climate policy goals can be realized. Above all, the German energy
transition shows the tremendous power of active citizenry, organized social
movements, and activism to transform policy and successfully demand change.



May 13, 2023 - Posted by | ENERGY, Germany

1 Comment »

  1. Nuclear power is an investment that has turned sour. It is too expensive to build and run economically.There is no solution to the wastes that must be stored “perfectly” for hundreds of thousands of years. It is simply too dangerous to be used for our energy needs. Has everybody forgotten about Fukishima, Cherynoble, or Three Mile Island? We have the technology & natural resources to transition now to 100% renewable energy with just wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal power. Go to the website of The Solutions Project to find the plans for all 50 states and 140 countries from around the world. We will not “starve and freeze in the dark,” nor “wreck our economy in the process.” All we lack is the political will because of the profit addicted fossil fuel, nuclear power, and centralized for profit electric utility industries who have bought off our elected leaders in the government.

    Comment by paulrodenlearning | May 13, 2023 | Reply

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