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The price is guaranteed for 20 years after completion of the plant, so that the operators have confidence in their planning criteria. It referred the question to the Federal Constitutional Court and the EU Court of Justice (ECJ). The Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology (BMWi) implements national energy policy. Two key elements were a government commitment to respect the rights of utilities to operate existing plants, and a guarantee that this operation and related waste disposal will be protected from any "politically-motivated interference". This is detailed in a companion information paper. CNN to Ivory Coast leader: Does that sound like democracy? Energy Policies and Electricity Prices – Cautionary Tales from the E.U. The licensing and supervisory authority for this and the Pilot Conditioning Plant there is the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection. In 2016 the difference between payments to operators of renewable energy plants and their revenue from selling electricity was expected to be €24 billion. demolished a disused nuclear power plant. The search is now on for a permanent home at least 1 kilometer underground. The energy ministry estimated that the underground option would cost €3 to 8 billion more than overhead lines, to be added to consumers’ bills, but was expected to speed up approvals. Eleven of the 19 involve full demolition and site clearance. Brunsbüttel was shut down in 2007, as was Krümmel, apart from a few weeks operation in 2009. Renewables support continues to be granted for a 20-year operating period, albeit at much lower rates after the first five years. Work stopped in 2002 due to political edict, but in October 2010 the BfS on behalf of the federal government applied to resume studies and extend the operating licence to 2020. The tariffs are different for specific technologies and subject to a reduction of about 5% each year as an incentive for price reductions in new plant. ", The country's 17 nuclear power reactors, comprising 15% of installed capacity, formerly supplied more than one-quarter of the electricity (133 TWh net in 2010). In 2016 BfE gave EnBW permission to move 342 used fuel assemblies from the shutdown Obrigheim plant 50 km to interim storage at Neckarwestheim, to allow decommissioning at Obrigheim to proceed. RWE applied in August 2012 to decommission and dismantle the two Biblis reactors. In December 2017 BGE was merged with Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe mbH (DBE), formerly a 75% subsidiary of spent fuel cask supplier GNS. Climate change then became the headline public issue for Greens, which complicated but did not counter negative perceptions of nuclear power’s clean energy credentials in the public mind. There is considerable cross-border trade as neighbouring countries are called upon to take cheap power when there is temporary surplus, mostly from wind. The poll also showed a sharp drop in sympathy for militant protests against transport of radioactive waste. “Over the last decade, well-intentioned policymakers in Germany and other European countries created renewable energy policies with generous subsidies that have slowly revealed themselves to be unsustainable, resulting in profound, unintended consequences for all industry stakeholders. Most of the depleted uranium tails from the Gronau plant have been sent to Novouralsk in Russia for re-enrichment, but these arrangements finished in 2010. The total includes a 35% risk premium in case costs are greater than anticipated. State governments agreed to let the BNetzA coordinate plans, rather than asserting regional interests (though Bavaria later reneged on this). Schreurs likened it to past explorers entering the pyramids of Egypt – “we need to find a way to tell them ‘curiosity is not good here.’”. The country's four nuclear power utilities are pressing claims for compensation and in particular are suing the government over continuing with the nuclear tax introduced in relation to the 8- and 14-year licence extensions agreed in September 2010. Christian von Hirschhausen et al, German Nuclear Phase-Out Enters the Next Stage: Electricity Supply Remains Secure – Major Challenges and High Costs for Dismantling and Final Waste Disposal, DIW Economic Bulletin 22+23.2015, p293-301 (3 June 2015). German support for nuclear energy was very strong in the 1970s following the oil price shock of 1974, and as in France, there was a perception of vulnerability regarding energy supplies. All uranium is now imported, from Canada, Australia, Russia and elsewhere, a total of 3800 t/yr U. Platts Power in Europe The Czech government in 2012 complained it was close to a blackout because the German wind farms overloaded its grid. Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) has received numerous requests from operators to retire coal- and gas-fired plants which have become unprofitable, and it has approved many of these as over 10 GWe of new coal-fired capacity comes online. DW looks at what is going on at a global level and examines why Germany has taken a different path. Since April 2017 the BGE has been operating Asse II, Gorleben and Morsleben. The closure of all nuclear reactors in Germany by 2022 means that Germany might need to retain half of its coal-fired power generation until 2030 to offset the nuclear phase-out, German … Schreurs admitted public mistrust was a challenge, given Germany’s recent history of disastrous storage sites. CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network. Solar PV capacity was about 40 GWe in 2015. Application of denial often meant getting there first, which to … The Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) is the main national body involved with licensing and supervising nuclear facilities, and is supported by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection – Bundesamt fur Strahlenschutz (BfS). It had reviewed all 17 reactors and evaluated their robustness with respect to natural events affecting the plants, station blackouts and failure of the cooling system, precautionary and emergency measures as well as man-made events affecting the plant, e.g. "In many pathways, nuclear power does play a role," said Joeri Rogelj, one of the report’s authors and a researcher at the Austrian International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, but "it was not part of the assessment whether nuclear power is a requirement" to keep to the 1.5-degree goal. Of the total 647.1 TWh gross generation in 2015, wind provided 86.0 TWh (13.3%) and solar 39.5 TWh (5.9%). The much larger SNR-300 was also constructed by Siemens in the 1970s but for political reasons was never commissioned. Other proposals are for a high-level waste (HLW) repository in opalinus clay, which occurs in a number of places in Germany. They have thermal efficiency of about 60%. By 2020 it is planned that wind and solar renewables should contribute 20% of electricity supplies, compared with 11% at present (7.5% wind, 4.5% solar). Under BMU, the Reaktorsicherheitkommission or Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) conducts safety review of nuclear power reactors. As of 1st January 2020, 6 nuclear power plants with an electric gross output of 8,455 MW are in operation. Germany has set itself a dual goal with its energy transition, or Energiewende: The country wants to move from fossil fuel-based energy generation to a largely carbon-free energy sector while also phasing out nuclear energy by 2022. In 1963 the federal government issued a recommendation to use geological salt formations for radioactive waste disposal. In June 2017 the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the nuclear fuel tax was “formally unconstitutional and void”, which means that the three utilities stand to be reimbursed some €6.3 billion paid between 2011 and 2016 – €2.8 billion by E.On, €1.7 billion by RWE and €1.44 billion by EnBW, plus interest. When Germany was reunited in 1990, all the Soviet-designed reactors in the east were shut down for safety reasons and are being decommissioned. The wholesale pricing model changed as a result of the large renewable energy penetration, now reacting to the weather. It sought compensation of €261 million, but a regional court in Bonn ruled in April 2016 that the claim could not be allowed to stand because EnBW had not immediately used “all legal means available” to avert having its two reactors – Neckarwestheim 1 and Phillipsburg 1 – shut down. Germany decided to phase out all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, amid increasing safety concerns. Early in 2014 the Bavarian government called for a moratorium on TenneT’s and TransnetBW’s SuedLink proposal linking Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's north to connect with the southern grid at the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear plant which closed down at the end of June 2015. According to the commission's final report, the site with "the best safety" is to be determined in a three-phase process and defined by federal law. The expert opinion found that the €38.3 billion of provisions made by the companies was based on higher cost estimates than the international average. The BfS is responsible for licensing all nuclear waste transports. With low EU ETS carbon prices, coal is more profitable than gas, and there is an incentive to use lignite, despite its higher CO2 emissions. Eric Heymann, Deutsche Bank Research, German ‘Energiewende’: Many targets out of sight (2 June 2016) The Konrad site (a former iron ore mine) was under development as a repository since 1975, and was licensed in 2002 for intermediate- and low-level waste disposal to 2022, but legal challenges were mounted. In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, Merkel’s government decided to phase out all of Germany’s nuclear power plants by 2022. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre focused on nuclear energy is at Karlsruhe, in Baden-Württemberg near the French border. Gas-fired capacity was 28.5 GWe (providing 14%). Rossendorf, in east Germany, was closed in 1991. Up to 2012, 19 experimental and commercial reactors had been shut down and were being decommissioned. For more than 40 years, residents in the village of Gorleben, Lower Saxony, have fought tooth-and-nail to keep a permanent high-level waste repository off their turf. Redispatching is used by network operators to ensure the safe, reliable operation of electricity supply networks. Fuel fabrication was on an industrial scale. Handing out enormous long-term subsidies to solar farms was unwise; abolishing nuclear power so quickly is crazy. In December 2016 the Bundestag in a 581-58 vote resolved to create a €23.6 billion state-owned fund to pay for the interim storage and disposal of all German used fuel and nuclear wastes. Anti-nuclear activism came to define the heart and soul of the environmental movement, expressing a foundational myth. A further 300 containers of high- and intermediate-level wastes are also expected from the reprocessing of used fuel, as well as 500 containers of used fuel from research and demonstration reactors. Such policies are primarily to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In January 2017 E.ON’s PreussenElektra received a decommissioning and dismantling licence for Isar 1, the first such licence since 2011. Earlier the energy minister said that the legislation "clarifies responsibility for nuclear waste. For now, nobody wants a nuclear dumping ground on their doorstep. This is largely due to a lack of investments in onshore wind, with auctions t… This capacity would be brought online when needed and then progressively shut down after four years. In mid-2013 the licence for interim storage at Brunsbüttel was revoked, having been granted for 40 years in 2003. The retail picture is in contrast to wholesale electricity prices. Some 50 TWh/yr is now generated by individual industry autoproducers to ensure reliability of supply, about 25% of the power used in industry. In October 2015 the government approved plans for about 1000 km of high-voltage transmission lines from the north and close to populated areas to be built underground. A further PWR had not operated since 1988 because of a licensing dispute. The companies have already set aside some €38 billion for decommissioning their reactors – see section below. The four operators in 2015 had a total of about €38 billion reserves set aside for decommissioning and waste disposal. It strongly warned of resulting vulnerability to major failures and also unreliability especially in the south. After Germany announced that it will phase out nuclear power by 2022, photographer Bernhard Ludewig set out to capture the last remnants of a disappearing atomic age. In January 2013 the Hamburg Tax Court ruled more definitely that the German tax on nuclear fuel is simply "to siphon off the profits of the nuclear plant operators" and therefore unconstitutional. To the end of 2009, 1700 tonnes of UF6 from Gronau had been deconverted there and returned to Gronau as U3O8. Five are various BWRs, two are HTRs, one is the large and relatively modern Muelheim-Kaerlich PWR shut down since 1988 due to licensing difficulties, one is Stade PWR closed in November 2003, one is Obrigheim PWR closed in May 2005, one is a prototype GCHWR and one is a prototype VVER. Failure to upgrade the electricity transmission grid would cause higher costs elsewhere. It is to ignore the fact that wind and solar power impose costs on the entire energy system, which go up more than proportionately as they add more. Nuclear power is like a hamburger… you said you wouldn’t have it anymore, but, at the end of the day… you can’t resist the temptation! However, particularly in the south, plant closures have exceeded new capacity coming online. The seven power stations still in operation today are due to close by 2022. They said that the main objective of the agreement "is to incorporate experience, especially from the largely-completed dismantling of the E.On nuclear power plant in Stade, in the planning and implementation of the decommissioning of the VENE power plants.". With three other units scheduled for refuelling then, about 8 TWh was lost from mid-December to the end of February. This decision was not based on any safety assessment, and did not result in removal of the nuclear fuel tax. The Federation of German Industries (BDI) and other industry groups had been lobbying for a curb on feed-in tariffs, and household consumers were being hurt by high prices. The management of 12 onsite interim storage facilities at German nuclear power plants will also be transferred to BGZ starting with HLW and used fuel in 2019, and 12 warehouses with ILW-LLW from operation and dismantling of nuclear power plants in 2020. Nuclear Engineering International World Nuclear Industry Handbook 2004 The bank noted that large capital-intensive projects have a tendency to go over budget. Its initial recommendations offering a "comprehensive approach to responsible and safe disposal of all radioactive waste" were adopted by the cabinet in August 2015, with the plan to be submitted to the EC for approval. KWU developed a series of PWR units culminating in the standardised 1300 MWe Konvoi design, of which only three were built (though six preceding ones were similar). In 2013 the federal environment ministry (BMU) announced that the federal government and all 24 states had finally reached agreement on drafting a repository law (see above), and that the power utilities should spend €2 billion to find and develop a new repository. They have been running under an arrangement which is break-even, but due to the increase in subsidized renewables’ output and low wholesale power prices, the two CCGTs “have no prospect of operating profitably when the current contract with the network operator expired in March 2016,” the owners said. Subsequent policy was for interim storage at reactor sites. BNetzA in October 2013 received requests from operators to retire 28 power plants with a combined capacity of nearly 7 GWe, and it approved the closure of 12, with 5 GWe – ten in North-Rhine Westphalia and two in Lower Saxony in the northwest. Germany's decision to shut its nuclear plants means that back-up for its massive investment in intermittent new renewables needs to be from coal and gas, which will create an extra 300 million tonnes of CO2 to 2020 from increased fossil fuel use. The four TSOs said that redispatch costs could rise to €4 billion per year by 2020, and BNetzA agreed that this was not unrealistic, given slow progress with transmission expansion. VGB PowerTech e.V. Both houses of parliament approved construction of new coal and gas-fired plants despite claiming to retain its carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets, as well as expanding wind energy. But Energiewende locks Germany into long-term dependence on lignite and black coal for dispatchable capacity, contrary to a major aspect of the popular sentiment driving that policy, and its predecessors. In July 2013 two acts were passed, the Repository Site Selection Act (StandAG) and another to establish a Federal Office for the Regulation of Nuclear Waste Management (Bundesamt für kerntechnische Entsorgungssicherheit, BfE) under the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU). This design was part of the technology bought by Eskom in 1996 and is a direct antecedent of the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) and the Chinese HTR-PM. Its focus is on nuclear power and associated activities. In May 2013 EnBW submitted applications to finally decommission and demolish sections of its Neckarwestheim 1 and Phillipsburg 1 plants. Since 2013 Germany has had occasions of negative spot power prices due to reduced demand and windy weather. Coal accounted for almost 20%, followed by nuclear and natural gas with about 12% each. Previously lawsuits could be brought in local or regional courts. The proposals for EEG 2016 say support for onshore wind, offshore wind and large PV plants with more than 1 MWe will be fixed in an auction system from 2017, to cover 80% of renewables generation produced in newly-installed plants each year. The Bundestag passed the measures by 513 to 79 votes at the end of June, and the Bundesrat vote on 8 July confirmed this. The separated HLW from this was 60 m3 in liquid form, and after a series of political delays it was vitrified in 2009-10. By May 2014 it had paid €790 million in the fuel tax for its two closed reactors. Whereas feed-in tariffs were set differentially between the north (more wind) and south (most demand), the new auction system does not allow that, so favours the north. Germany reversed its position on nuclear power after Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Currently, high-level radioactive waste is stored in temporary facilities, usually near the power plant it came from. A further 300+ casks with canisters of compacted wastes from reprocessing could immediately go to a final repository, the canisters possibly into boreholes. As of 2003, some EUR 35 billion had been set aside – about 55% of this for wastes and 45% for decommissioning. In August 2016 Germany's black coal-fired capacity was 28 GWe (providing 18% of power) and lignite capacity was 21 GWe (providing 24%). Vattenfall is a leading player in this along with Mibrag Mining Corporation which rails lignite up to 400 km, and Rheinbraun Brennstoff which supplies a Swiss cement factory 600 km away with lignite. Germany's government said today it will shut down all the country's nuclear power plants by 2022. The EC approved the arrangements in May 2016 under state aid rules. Apart from contesting the fuel tax, all the nuclear generators are seeking compensation for the effective confiscation of generating rights from the eight reactors ordered shut after March 2011, despite safety assurances from the regulator as noted above. The new Christian Democrat (CDU) and Liberal Democrat (FDP) coalition government elected in September 2009 was committed to rescinding the phase-out policy, but the financial terms took a year to negotiate. Until 1994 utilities were obliged to reprocess spent fuel to recover the usable portion and recycle it. With more than 400 nuclear power plants around the world, many nearing the end of their operating lifetimes, the issue of waste storage will only become more urgent, said Schreurs. As Germany's attitude to nuclear energy became ambivalent, policies were adopted to promote renewable sources, notably solar and wind, though Germany is not well placed geographically in relation to either. Utilities wanted to extend the lifetimes of all 17 reactors initially to 40 years (from average 32 years) and then individually seeking extensions to 60 years as in the USA. Early in 2017 the EC approved €40 million for a study on “urgently needed” Suedlink on two routes: Brunsbuettel-Grossgartach and Wilster-Grafenrheinfeld. In 2015 Germany’s electricity exports doubled to 60 TWh, mainly from low-cost lignite and surplus wind generation – it was a windy year. In late 2012 Vattenfall Europe submitted an application to decommission and dismantle Brunsbüttel, and in August 2015 it applied similarly for Krümmel, to be undertaken over a 15-20 year period. They will then be cleared of any responsibility for final disposal of used fuel. A nuclear power station was built during the 1970s at Zwentendorf, Austria, but its start-up was prevented by a popular vote in 1978. The problem of shaping our future energy supply has taken on new weight and urgency with the debate over the exit from nuclear energy, and specifically with the June 2000 agreement between the German Federal Government and the energy supply companies on limiting the period of use of the remaining nuclear power stations. In 2017 wind and solar PV had capacity factors of 22% and 11% respectively, compared with 90% for nuclear (IEA figures). Christian Streib/CNN, CNN investigation uncovers tailing of Navalny prior to poisoning, President Alassane Ouattara speaks to CNN's Scott McLean in an exclusive interview. CNN's Cyril Vanier speaks with Martin Kenyon, a 91-year-old Briton who received the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. Claims for damages will be decided subsequently and are expected to be over €2 billion. The waste will remain there. E.ON said: "The four companies expressly declare their readiness to implement common solutions that can be legally approved, are economical and acceptable under corporate law and are legally secure.". However, this policy faltered after the Chernobyl accident in 1986, and the last new nuclear power plant was commissioned in 1989. While these investments "account for only a fraction of the cost of the energy transition, much success depends on their implementation." Completion of the Thüringer Strombrücke line (or Südwest-Kuppelleitung) from Lauchstädt to Redwitz, at the end of 2015 was a major landmark for TenneT. So for nearly four decades German public sentiment has been split in relation to support of nuclear energy. the nuclear phase-out, the limitation of lignite mining and the ban on shale gas extraction in the light of energy security of supply concerns raised by the Ukrainian political crisis. With only seven nuclear reactors still operating in Germany, down from 17 in 2011, atomic power there seems to be in terminal decline. However, licensing of nuclear power plants and other facilities is actually done by the states, which are responsible for implementing federal laws. This is the “wicked problem” facing Germany as it closes all of its nuclear power plants in the coming years, according to Professor Miranda Schreurs, part of the team searching for a storage site. The vast majority of Germans expected nuclear energy to be widely used in the foreseeable future. In June 2012 a poll by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach asked: “Do you think the federal government took the right decision for Germany to phase out nuclear by 2022?” Here 73% agreed that it took the right decision, and 16% answered no. Verification email has been resent. Biblis A and B, total 2407 MWe net, had been licensed to operate until 2019 and 2021 just two months before the shutdown order. Responsibility for licensing the construction and operation of all nuclear facilities is shared between the federal and Länder governments, which confers something close to a power of veto to both. Total capacity has more than doubled from 99 GWe in 1990 to give only 19% more power with 24.6% from wind and solar, from half the total capacity. Unit A closed in 1977, before B and C began production in 1984 and 1985, with the second unit decommissioned in 2017. But these facilities were “only designed to hold the waste for a few decades,” said Schreurs, chair of environmental and climate policy at the Technical University of Munich, and part of the national committee assisting the search for a high-level radioactive waste site. Connection with Russia's Kaliningrad Baltic exclave, where a 2400 MWe Russian nuclear plant was planned, was envisaged and Russia expected to export half the output of that plant to Germany until confronted with political realities which caused the Baltic plant construction to be put on hold. Well over half of this power is from brown coal, which produces about 1.25 tonnes of carbon dioxide per MWh. Sean Gallup/Getty Images, Hear Merkel's plea to Germans amid record Covid-19 death toll. E.ON has equity in the following nuclear plants which from January 2016 are managed by its subsidiary PreussenElektra: Gundremmingen B&C 25%, Grohnde 83.3%, Brokdorf 80%, Isar 2 75%, Emsland 12.5%. In light of the implications of nuclear weapons, German nuclear fission and related technologies were singled out for special attention. To complete your CNN profile and ensure you are able to receive important account information, please verify your email address. Only 62% of the planned closures had been authorised then, with some utilities awaiting confirmation of plans for a capacity market. In 2010 the BfS approved shipment of 951 used fuel elements from the Rossendorf reactor in 18 sealed containers to Mayak in Russia for reprocessing, on the basis of the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return Program. However, this policy faltered after the Chernobyl accident in 1986, and the last new nuclear power plant was commissioned in 1989. 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