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Germany: won’t use nuclear plant as winter reserve via boston.com

August 31, 2011

BERLIN—The agency overseeing Germany’s electricity network has decided against ordering the reactivation of one of eight nuclear reactors, shut down earlier this year, as a contingency plan against possible winter power shortages.

The government earlier this year asked the Federal Network Agency to determine whether one of the aging plants — shut down after Japan’s post-earthquake nuclear accident — should be kept on standby as a so-called “cold reserve” over the next two winters.

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