Nuclear power 'does not complement renewable energy'

03 Sep 2010
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Nuclear power 'does not complement renewable energy'

Renewable energy cannot be complemented by nuclear power in Germany.

According to the Economist, some German politicians do not believe that nuclear power is suitable for usage when there is no wind to produce renewable energy.

The news provider pointed out that the country's chancellor Angela Merkel has recently hit the road to tour the country's energy facilities, as many are coming to the end of their lives and she must soon decide how to replace them.

Renewable energy is "fickle", stated the article, which went on to say that until it can be stored, a back-up plan will be needed.

However, it questioned whether nuclear power is the answer to this, as plants can take as long as 50 hours to fire up when they are needed.

Germany's environment minister Norbert Roettgen and economics minister Rainer Bruederle recently stated that the country's power needs could be completely met by renewable energy before 2050, Dow Jones Newswires reported. 

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