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German Nuclear Plants Could Run Through Winter, Lobby Group Says

  • Minister signals possible policy shift as crisis worsens
  • Last three nuclear reactors due to shut by end of this year
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Germany’s last few remaining nuclear reactors could keep operating through the winter even though they are poised to close permanently by the end of this year, according to industry group Kerntechnik Deutschland.

It’s possible that the three plants could generate power until spring in what’s known as ‘stretch-out mode’ that allows them to run at a reduced capacity, according to the lobby group. That way, they won’t need new fuel supplies and would provide an alternative to increasingly scarce natural gas.