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Germany's Nuclear Phase Out Delayed its Coal Exit by 8 Years
Graph of the Week #4
This year, German will shutter is last operating nuclear power plants.. The current coalition government has targeted 2030 for exiting coal consumption. The graph above, using data from BP, shows that peak nuclear power consumption in Germany (in 2001) was just about the same as remaining coal generation in 2020. What this means is that had Germany kept its nuclear plants running at 2001 levels, its coal exit could have occurred in 2022, rather than 2030.