Germany shuts down all nuclear power plants – level 2

18-04-2023 15:00

On Sunday, Germany turned off the three nuclear power stations that were still in operation. The country plans to use only renewable energy by 2035.

The decision marks the end of a program that lasted for sixty years and saw the strongest protests in Europe. Officials planned to shut down the last three power stations last summer but they postponed it due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. It caused a surge in energy prices and led to fears of shortages around the world.

Germany decided to quit nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. In the past, one-third of Germany’s energy production came from nuclear power, but last year, it was only 6% and renewable energy sources made up 44%. Supporters of nuclear energy say that Germany will have to return to nuclear power if it wants to stop using fossil fuels by 2045.

Difficult words: in operation (working), surge (a sudden rise), shortage (not enough of something).

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What environmental and economic challenges do you think Germany will have to tackle in order to become solely reliant on renewable energy sources by 2035?


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