Germany should co-ordinate its nuclear phase-out with other European nations, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Deutschlandfunk radio on 30 June.
The timing of the shutdown of Germany’s nine remaining nuclear reactors and the construction of replacement capacity were two issues he singled out as requiring this international co-ordination, according to Reuters.
Co-ordination with European partners would help ensure stable energy provision and cut the risk of price hikes, he said. But he stressed that national energy policy mix was a matter for national governments and not the European Union (EU).
Germany shut eight of its nuclear plants after the Fukushima incident in Japan in March and next week its parliament is expected to ratify a programme to close its nine remaining nuclear plants over the next 11 years.
Yet the exit from nuclear power – which met 23 per cent of Germany’s demand last year – has already affected electricity pricing and supply.
Imports of electricity from French nuclear plants have risen as Germany new policy puts France in what its president Nicolas Sarkozy describes as “a favourable competitive position”.
Russia may also look to export energy to Germany from a new generation of nuclear plants, Rosatom’s deputy director-general Kirill Komarov told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Two nuclear units, each of 1082 MW, are due to come online in 2016 and 2018 in Kaliningrad, an enclave of Russian territory north of Germany, he said.
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