The German Federal Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, decided this Monday to extend the service time of the country’s nuclear power plants until April 2023, reports Bloomberg.
The decision put an end to discrepancies between Robert Habeck, the Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economy and Energy, who opposes nuclear plants for ecological reasons, and Christian Lindner, the Minister of Finance. “Maintaining all power generation capacity is in the vital interest of our country and its economy. Now the chancellor has provided clarity,” Lindner said, commenting on Scholz’s decision. Meanwhile, the Green Party, to which Habeck belongs, maintained that “there is not a single objective reason” to prolong the use of atomic energy.
For his part, Klaus Mueller , chairman of the Federal Agency for Energy Networks, called the chancellor’s decision an “intelligent compromise”. Although the country’s gas reservoirs are nearly 95 % full, Berlin may need additional volumes to meet winter demand.