»The main danger is a network bottleneck«: Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck
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Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck assumes that the remaining two nuclear power plants could remain connected to the grid in so-called extended operation.
"We are already in an area where the stress test says: It may be necessary to use nuclear power plants for network security," Habeck said in an interview for the climate conference of SPIEGEL and the consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
"We will continue to monitor this, but the situation in France is not developing well," said the Green politician.
"Great concerns" about French nuclear power
The main danger is a network bottleneck, said Habeck.
“So not the amount of electricity, but the distribution of the electricity in the grid.” Nuclear power from France is already missing.
In recent years, the neighboring country has supplied less electricity than announced.
"So that worries me a lot." When asked whether the stretching operation would be likely, Habeck said: "In any case, it's not becoming less likely."
Three German nuclear power plants were shut down last year, with the remaining three originally scheduled to follow at the end of this year.
But because there are no Russian gas deliveries, the two power plants Neckarwestheim in Baden-Württemberg and Isar 2 in Bavaria should remain operational as an emergency reserve until next spring and can be activated if necessary.