#1 German 'Green Madness ' Depends on Czech Nuclear Imports
09-16-2011, 02:27 AM
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Germany shut down its own 17 nuclear power reactors and is now importing atomic energy from its and French and Czech neighbors.
Germany's decision to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2022 has rapidly transformed it from power exporter to importer. Despite Berlin's pledge to move away from nuclear, the country is now merely buying atomic energy from neighbors like the Czech Republic and France.
Still, due to high demand for electricity in Germany, the accident-prone Czech reactor is doing good business. Indeed, when Germany took some of its nuclear power plants offline this spring, the Czech nuclear industry went into the export business. These days, it's sending roughly 1.2 gigawatt-hours of electricity across the border every day.
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