Technically, Robert Habeck’s plan didn’t work.

jadeApart from political doubts, now there are also technical concerns about the proposal of the Minister of Economic Affairs Robert Habeck (Greens) to release two of the last three nuclear power plants into operational readiness after year-end closure by April 2023.

Guido Knott, head of Eon’s subsidiary Preisen-Electra, which operates the Bavarian plant Isar 2, considers Habeck’s plans “technically unfeasible and therefore unsuitable for securing the plant’s supply contribution”.

Knott wrote this in a letter to Hebeck’s Secretary of State, Patrick Gretchen, which is available for FAZ. As early as 25 August, the ministry was informed that in the event of a stretching operation or a complete shutdown, “flexible increase or decrease in production is no longer possible”.

“A nuclear power plant is not an emergency generator”

Contrary to von Hebeck’s claim, this is “certainly not possible in less than a week”. There is a lack of experience with the desired route, “testing a start-up procedure that has never been practiced before should not coincide with a critical condition of the power supply”. Such an approach is “incompatible with our security culture”.

According to the information, Issar 2 is ready for regular stretching operation and thus can generate four terawatt hours of electricity. “It could also drive higher electricity prices,” Knott says. Habeck’s household denies that extending the period will significantly reduce prices.

Bavaria’s Environment Minister Thorsten Glauber (Frei Wahler), whose home state is in charge of nuclear supervision, told FAZ: “A cold reserve is not a good solution. A nuclear power plant is not an emergency generator.” It’s about unknown, complicated processes. Better would be “temporary extension of conditions to ensure security of supply.”

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