Finance Minister Christian Lindner continues to advocate running all three remaining German nuclear power plants until 2024. In addition, it must be checked how many of the nuclear power plants that have already been switched off could safely be put back into operation, said the head of the FDP to the German Press Agency.
"Before we use public money, we have to exhaust all possibilities to make the burden for the taxpayer bearable," he demanded. This includes using all available energy sources.
"That's exactly why we in Germany cannot do without the nuclear power plants that are still in operation until 2024," said Lindner, adding: "For me, it's not enough if only two power plants remain connected to the grid until spring 2023." Many European partners also see it that way. "Anyone who speaks of solidarity in Europe should not only refer to money, but also to energy production," said Lindner.
The nuclear power plants Isar 2 in Bavaria, Neckarwestheim in Baden-Württemberg and Emsland in Lower Saxony are still connected to the grid. Actually, the operation should end at the end of the year. However, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) assumes that the Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim nuclear power plants will continue to be connected to the grid as reserves in the first quarter of 2023.