Researchers at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) analyse the effect of shutting down all nuclear power stations by 2022 on the stability of the power system, as well as the benefits of a public fund for nuclear decommissioning and waste storage.
Analysis by Erik Gawel and Sebastian Strunz from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research on why the undeniably challenging target of phasing out nuclear energy by 2022 makes economic sense, and why the simultaneous phase-out of fossil fuels is feasible.
This legal expertise from the firm Becker Bückner Held (BBH) and Wolfgang Irrek of the Hochschule Ruhr West (HRW) for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy examines problems with the current system for financing nuclear decommissioning, which requires nuclear operators to set aside financial provisions. It looks at the legal aspects of a state-operated fund that would safeguard financing for the long-term costs of the nuclear phase-out.
In this short analysis, Swantje Küchler and Bettina Meyer look at the financial provisions for nuclear decommissioning and waste storage by the big four utilities as of the end of 2014, and call for more transparency in the process.
Security analysis of German reactors after Fukushima by the reactor security commission at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The report states that while an accident like the one in Fukushima is highly unlikely in Germany, some German nuclear power stations lack precautions against flooding.