One common question from pro-nuclear Energiewende critics is what Germany would look like today if it had not switched off 40 percent of its nuclear capacity in 2011. In recent weeks, we have gotten a taste of the answer: massive voluntary shutdowns of coal and nuclear. Craig Morris investigates.
Eon’s Gas Power Plant in Irsching, part of reserve capacity in Germany. Originally praised as one of the most advanced facilities in the world, the plant hardly runs any longer and is unprofitable. (Source : Dominik Zehatschek/E.ON)
The next nuclear plant to be shut down in Germany is Grafenrheinfeld, scheduled to be switched off for good at the end of 2015. But on Friday, German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that German energy giant Eon aims to shut down its nuclear plant as early as the spring 2015.