Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fukushima Fallout: 22 Reactors To Be Decommissioned in Europe

Chancellor Merkel reportedly was watching television at the time of the first hydrogen explosion at Fukushima and told her aides right then that nuclear power was done in Germany.  Now comes news that Switzerland will also end nuclear power.

Germany will retire all of its 17 reactors in 10 years and Switzerland has decided to decommission all 5 of its reactors by 2035.

In the case of Germany, the 17 reactors provide over 21,000 megawatts of electricity generation. Germany is the world's 4th largest economy.

 Chancellor Merkel has stated that Germany will turn to renewable generation for most of the replacement power.  Switzerland too intends to boost energy efficiency and renewables, including hydro, biomass, wind, and solar to take the place of its nuclear reactors

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