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Germany makes plans to phase out nuclear power

July 30, 2001 à‚– Germany plans to gradually shift away from nuclear power generation starting in 2003 with the first of 19 plants.

The investor-owned energy service provider E.ON has filed a plan to close down the Stade plant west of Hamburg in 2003, then dismantle it over 10 to 12 years, according to an Associated Press report.

Last month, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the major power companies agreed to gradually phase out all nuclear power plants in the country.

Since nuclear plants provide almost a third of Germany’s electricity, the phased shutdown will allow other sources to be constructed.