Germany aims for stronger grip on switchover from nuclear to renewable energy

The German government will more closely oversee the country’s move from nuclear power to renewable energy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday — a mammoth 10-year project for Europe’s biggest economy that has been going slowly so far.

Merkel said she will be meeting with all of Germany’s 16 state governors twice a year to take stock of the transformation’s progress and shortcomings, stressing that everything must be done to avoid blackouts and ensure affordable energy.

Critics, including Germany’s main industry lobby group, have faulted the government for a lack of co-ordination and demanded better, permanent oversight for one of Merkel’s most challenging projects.

In a major policy shift, Merkel announced that the government is drafting laws which would pay utilities not just for the electricity their gas- or coal-fired power plants produce but simply for having them available in times when renewable energy sources aren’t sufficient… Read more

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