Germany powering down three nuclear plants in shift to renewables

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Germany will be shutting down three of its six remaining nuclear power stations on Friday as it moves away from nuclear power in favor of renewable energy.

The nuclear reactors in the cities of Grohnde, Brokdorf and Gundremmingen will be shut down and disconnected on the evening of Dec. 31. According to S&P Global, the three plants combined had an output of 4.2 gigawatts.

As Reuters reported, Germany’s decision to fast-track its transition away from nuclear power was influenced by the 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan.

Germany’s six nuclear power plants contributed about 12 percent of the country’s electricity production, compared to 41 percent coming from renewable energy, 28 percent from coal and 15 percent from gas.

The last three operating nuclear plants — Isar 2, Emsland and Neckarwestheim II — are scheduled to be shut down by the end of 2022…..”

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