Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) considers the continued operation of the two nuclear power plants Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim in the first quarter of 2023 to be necessary. Habeck justified this on Tuesday with the supply situation in France, where more than half of the nuclear power plants are not connected to the grid. As a result, there was a lack of electricity, which Germany compensates for in part with electricity from gas-fired power plants. "If this development is not reversed, we will leave Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim online in the first quarter of 2023." As of today, he thinks this is necessary.
At the beginning of September, Habeck announced the plan for a so-called operational reserve for the two nuclear power plants in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The third still active nuclear power plant in Lower Saxony should not be part of this reserve and should be shut down by the end of the year.