Energy crisis: Habeck: Two nuclear power stations will “probably” remain connected to the grid in the first quarter


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Habeck: Two nuclear power stations will “probably” remain connected to the grid in the first quarter

At the beginning of September, Habeck had the plan for a so-called operational reserve for the two nuclear power plants in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg

At the beginning of September, Habeck announced the plan for a so-called operational reserve for the two nuclear power plants in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. photo

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The Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim nuclear power plants will not be shut down at the end of the year, but will initially remain connected to the grid for a so-called operational reserve.

Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) assumes that the Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim nuclear power plants will “probably” remain connected to the grid in the first quarter of 2023. Habeck made it clear in Berlin that the development on the French electricity market was significantly worse than forecast.

More than half of those there nuclear power plants is not connected to the grid – there is therefore a lack of electricity, which Germany compensates for in part with electricity from gas-fired power plants. If the situation in France develops poorly, the stress factors for the German electricity system will intensify.

Habeck referred to a French stress test of the local transmission system operator. These are also the assumptions of the French government. “As the minister responsible for energy security, I have to say: if this development is not reversed, we will Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim in the first quarter of 2023.” As of today, he considers this to be “necessary”. The talks with the operators have been completed and a key issues paper has been agreed.

At the beginning of September, Habeck announced the plan for a so-called operational reserve for the two nuclear power plants in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The third still active nuclear power plant in Lower Saxony should not be part of this reserve and should be switched off in time at the end of the year.

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