Germans Face Blackout Risk
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Beate Preuschoff and Jan Hromadko (8/31/11)
"The country's gradual exit from nuclear power requires using all available power-production reserves to help balance demand and stabilize grids."
Germany's accelerated exit from nuclear energy has considerably increased the risk of power blackouts, the country's energy-network regulator said Wednesday, calling on the industry to invest in new energy infrastructure to ensure security of supply.
The Federal Network Agency, known as the Bundesnetzagentur, said bringing forward the country's planned gradual exit from all nuclear power to the end of 2022—which includes the immediate and permanent closure of eight reactors—requires using all available power-production reserves to help balance power demand and supply to stabilize grids. . .View full article