Finally, Germany made it. Not in soccer, but in household cost per kilowatt-hour.
See the cost in some other countries below.
Nuclear Power Phase-Out
Following the Fukushima reactor accident in 2011, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors and pledged to close the rest by the end of 2022. Actual still six reactors are operating.
This generated power will be missing by the end of 2022.
Already now, Germany needs to import energy from other countries.
The majority of the imports is coming from France and from Norway. While Norway is generating hydropower, France is operating with 56 nuclear reactors.
Import of power is costly.
The reflection we can see already in the actual prices per kWh.
Today is Tuesday, August 24. The right side of the graphic shows the forecast for today. The black line is showing the actual required power for yesterday respective to the forecasted power for today. We see an unfilled gap, means power needs to be imported,
What happens next?
Energy production with fossil resources is planned to end around year 2030. The graphic shows the impact based on the actual demand (week 34/2021)
We see, that around 50 % power needs to be imported. In the next years the petrol operated cars are phasing out, so the electrical power demand will become significant higher.
The Worldwide Electrical Energy Generation
The generation in total is almost linear, except of the year 2009 sink due to the financial crises. In general, the Asian countries have the most increasing demand.
The data after year 2018 will be more interesting to see the impact of COVID-19.
You need to have a substitution when you replace energy resources. Running out of capacity and purchasing from neighbour countries is whitewashing.
It’s not difficult to become a world leader in terms of price per unit. You need only to ignore the data.
This article is based on:
BMWi – Energiedaten 2020, table 36 (Excel document)
German Government Information (in German language, but fun to read)
Link no longer available (https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/energiewende/energie-erzeugen/ausstieg-aus-der-kernkraft-394280)
Fraunhofer Institute (excellent data visualization, English)
Statista (general statistics)
Thank you for reading and stay safe.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in August 2021 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.