German nuclear exit results in legal action

RWE Chief Executive Juergen Grossmann on April 19 said the German utility has filed a legal complaint against the government's nuclear exit bill at the Constitutional Court, according to Platts and The Wall Street Journal.

RWE, in February, filed a complaint against the 13th amendment to Germany's Atomic Energy Act in 2011, which details the shutdown of all nuclear power generation in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in March 2011 ordered the closure of all seven of the country’s nuclear power plants that began operating before 1980. Joining those seven was another unit that already was in long-term shutdown. The action left nine reactors operating and removed about a third of the county’s nuclear power generation from the grid, around 8,300 MW of capacity. Prior to the closure, nuclear provided about 20 percent of Germany’s power generation.

As a result, RWE shut down both reactors at the Biblis plant that generated about 2,400 MW.

E.ON also filed a separate similar complaint in November 2011.

Both utilities said the nuclear phase-out decision has harmed their proprietary rights since they had to shut down the reactors earlier than planned, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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