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TPP wrote: Good for them, now all they have to do is get Rid of ALL the Americam Bases!!!!
German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week released a detailed proposal to close all of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors by 2022. Merkel promises an orderly transition to replace nuclear power, which accounts for nearly one-quarter of the country's supply, with renewable power. But opposition from reactor operators could inflate the cost of that transition.
The proposal could have a number of impacts on Germany's energy supply. Federal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler has estimated that the plan would raise power costs to German consumers by roughly one cent per kilowatt-hour, which translates to an annual increase of roughly 35 to 40 Euros ($50 to $57) per household. But Rösler's modest price tag assumes that the government will defray the cost of building offshore wind farms—currently Germany's smallest power source—to provide one-fifth of generation within two decades.
Blackouts are a near-term concern because, under Merkel's plan, Germany's eight oldest reactors—seven of which she ordered offline for safety inspections in March, and another undergoing maintenance—would never run again, and ramping up supply from other sources could prove difficult. Merkel's plan seeks to counter the blackout threat over the next two years by keeping some of the shuttered reactors in "cold reserve," ready to be restarted in a pinch.
"We need an entirely new architecture for our energy system," Merkel acknowledged on Monday in a statement distributed by Germany's embassies.
Andreas Kraemer, director of the Berlin- and Washington-based Ecologic Institute , is hopeful that Germany will take greater advantage of energy conservation options and rely on more distributed forms of renewable power generation that consume waste and biomass. However, Germany could also end up relying more heavily on coal-fired power, which provided 43 percent of electrical generation in 2010.
Rick wrote: How's the cutting energy use by 20% looking for Germany?