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Germany is closing half of its reactors at worst possible time

4GW of nuclear baseload capacity is on the verge of being taken offline in Europe's largest economy in the midst of an serious energy crisis, with coal power already closing the gap as lower carbon natural gas stays expensive and wind falls short.

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Germany is set to close almost half of its nuclear power capacity before the end of the year, putting further strain on European grids already coping with one of the worst energy crunches in the region’s history.

The shutdowns of Grohnde, Gundremmingen C and Brokdorf – part of the country’s nuclear phaseout – will leave just three atomic plants, which will be taken offline by the end of 2022. Beyond the squeeze on supply, the closures remove a key source of low-carbon power in a nation where emissions are on the rise.

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