German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the decision after meeting with some governors this week.
The facilities of most concern went on line in the 1970′s and early 1980′s, which means only 9 out of 17 nuclear power plants will remain in operation. The other facility Krummel was already offline and will stay that way for now.
It will take a large bite out of production because Germany produces almost 25 percent of its demand from nuclear power. Merkel requested that the plants be shuttered for at least three months.
Engineers will immediately being running a series of security tests. This is a significant turn for Merkel, who supported a decision last October to extend the life of the oldest plants.
Opposition parties to Merkel’s center-right coalition have demanded that the chancellor give up any future thought about nuclear life extension.
(To read more about Merkel’s decision click on Rock The Capital.)
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