Germany shutting down all six of its nuclear power plants by end of 2022 amid energy crisis

Germany is shutting down three of its last six nuclear power stations on Friday, January 7, in an effort to completely withdraw from nuclear power and focus on renewables.

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The three nuclear power stations are located in Brokdorf, Grohnde, and Gundremmingen. The final three remaining stations in Neckarwestheim, Essenbach, and Emsland will be shut down by the end of 2022.

The German government decided to speed up the phasing out of nuclear power in the country due to protests in the country over the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.

According to Sebastian Herold, a professor of energy policy at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, the withdrawal from nuclear energy will push up energy prices even further.

The current six nuclear power plants in Germany contributed around 12% of electricity production in Germany for 2021. 

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