Green substitute

Published: Sunday 15 July 2001

plans for massive development of wind power have been recently introduced by the German government. The plans will help the country to implement its nuclear phase-out policy. All nuclear plants in Germany are set to close in 2021. "The plans are a cornerstone of Germany's changing energy production system -- to stop the use of nuclear power, reduce fossil fuel emissions and increase usage of renewable energy," said a government spokesperson. The plans would be implemented with the help of private investments. Jrgen Trittin, the country's environment minister, said that the plans will help generate 75-80 terrawatt hours of electricity annually from offshore wind parks by 2030. However, environmentalists are displeased about the nuclear power plant phase-out schedule, which they claim is too slow. A study by the German Flensburg University reports that a rapid phase-out of nuclear energy would result in huge financial benefits estimated at us $35.8 billion.

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