German net power exports soar

A German anti-nuclear protest

A German anti-nuclear protest

Germany's net electricity exports quadrupled last year despite its decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022.

Germany exported 22.8 terawatt hours (TWh) more power than it imported in 2012, says the federal statistics institute, Destastis. In 2011, net electricity exports had been 6 TWh.

After the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, Germany switched off eight nuclear power plants. It will phase out its remaining nine reactors by 2022. Critics had feared that the immediate switch-off of the first eight nuclear plants would lead to power supply shortfalls.

Last year showed Germany’s largest net electricity exports in four years, even bigger than in the years Log in to read complete article.

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