Germany shuts down three of its last six nuclear plants
04 January 2022
As part of its move towards wind and solar power, Germany shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants on December 31. The three plants, operated by E.ON and RWE, were shut down after more than 30 years of service following the German government's decision to speed up the phasing out of nuclear power following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima meltdown.
Gundremmingen nuclear power plant - Image: RWE
Preussen Elektra, a subsidiary of E.ON, said that its reactors at its Brokdorf and Grohnde nuclear plants were shut down late on December 31. RWE said that its Gundremmingen C plant was also shut down at a similar time.
In a statement, RWE Power CEO Dr Frank Weigand said: “This represents a further step in our rigorous efforts to implement the legally mandated phase-out of nuclear power and coal. The fact these power station units have operated so reliably and safely and have made an important contribution to security of supply is down to the efforts of our skilled, experienced and motivated employees who have worked there over the years. They deserve our special respect and recognition.”
According to figures, the three plants contributed to around 12% of Germany’s electricity production in 2021. The country is aiming to have wind and solar power to make up 80% of its energy demands by 2030.
Germany’s remaining nuclear power plants – Isar 2, Emsland and Neckarwestheim II – are expected to be shut down before the end of 2022.