Country profile: Germany

Summary figures for 2014

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid
Nuclear electricity generation
(net TWh) 2014
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
OECD Europe
1 888.0

* Provisional data

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Nuclear fuel waste management

In the summer of 2013, the German Bundestag passed an act regarding the search and selection of a site for a repository for heat-generating radioactive waste, and for the amendment of other laws (Gesetz zur Suche und Auswahl eines Standortes für ein Endlager für Wärme entwickelnde radioactive Abfälle und zur Änderung anderer Gesetze), known as the "Site Selection Act".

The act prescribes an open-ended and unbiased site selection process, starting from a "blank map" of Germany. The goal is to find a disposal site on German territory for domestic, and in particular high-level, radioactive waste that shall assure the best possible safety for a period of one million years in a science-based and transparent process.

The actual procedure for site selection is preceded by the work of a "Commission on Storage of High-level Radioactive Waste" ("the commission"). The commission's members represent various groups, including scientists, representatives of society and social sciences, members of the German Bundestag and members of Länder governments.

The commission took up its work in the summer of 2014. Its task is to examine and assess the relevant fundamental issues for the radioactive management selection procedure and to develop proposals for decision-making and for policy recommendations for the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

The commission is required to submit its findings in the form of a report to the German Bundestag. This report is expected by mid-2016.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2015

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Last reviewed: 16 December 2015