Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger and Environment Minister Thorsten Faithr visited the Isar 2 nuclear power plant near Landshut today together with Prime Minister Markus Sder and the CDU Federal Chairman Friedrich Merz. Both ministers are in favor of a limited term extension.
Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger: The experts on site confirmed to us today: Isar 2 can continue to be operated for a few months after the end of 2022 without additional fuel rods. If new fuel rods are ordered from Sweden now, electricity could also be produced up to 2024. But Berlin continues to slow down and delays a decision. Instead, federal politicians are going on vacation and postponing the urgently needed energy policy decisions until autumn. We and the operators now need clarity on how to proceed. With each passing day, the cost of extending operations is increasing, that is politically irresponsible. It is grotesque that this power plant should be taken off the grid in the middle of an electricity price crisis. This would mean that a lot of additional gas would have to be used to generate electricity from January 2023. Electricity and gas would then become even more expensive for citizens and the economy.
Environment Minister Thorsten Faithr: Our task as a supervisory authority is to enable fact-based politics. We submitted a TV report in April. That says it clearly: continued operation of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant is technically possible, and safety concerns do not stand in the way. With Isar 2, we cannot afford to take an efficient and modern power plant off the grid now. We have to temporarily continue producing electricity with Isar 2. The safety of people and the environment has top priority when operating Isar 2. It is also clear: we want to restructure the energy supply in Bavaria, because the future is renewable.