Berlin (dpa/sn) - Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) has called for the lifetimes of nuclear power plants to be extended indefinitely. "As long as the federal government has not developed a new concept for the energy transition, the nuclear power plants must continue to run," Kretschmer told the "Handelsblatt" (Monday). The deputy CDU chairman declared the energy transition in this form a failure. "We have reached a point where the base load capability of the energy has reached its limits," Kretschmer told the newspaper. "The energy transition with gas as the base load has failed."
The CDU politician explained that last winter had already shown that production from green energies is often not sufficient. Weather-independent electricity production is therefore essential. From the Prime Minister's point of view, there is no alternative simply to generate more electricity from wind and sun. The exploding gas and electricity prices are now "a threat" for the business location. "We need a base load capability. It's crazy to fire up lignite-fired power plants for this," said Kretschmer, looking at their CO2 balance.
Other politicians from the Union and FDP are also calling for longer nuclear power plant runtimes in order to bridge possible short-term power shortages in the winter in the wake of the Ukraine war. Above all, the Greens, who co-govern in the traffic light, have a hard time with the topic.