Germany Shuts Down Remaining Nuclear Power Plants

  • Germany will shutter the nation’s three remaining nuclear energy plants on Saturday, marking an end to the economic bellwether’s utilization of the power source despite threats to energy security posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel approved the gradual closure of the nation’s nuclear plants following the 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan.
  • The closure of Emsland, Neckarwestheim II, and Isar II, the remaining three nuclear plants in the country, was slated to occur last year but was delayed until this month over concerns about energy security, since Germany imported more than half of its natural gas reserves from Russia ahead of the war.
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