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Germany ships more power abroad despite nuke exit via Channel 12

BERLIN –BERLIN (AP) Utility companies say Germany has exported significantly more electricity to its neighbors from January through September as renewable energies made up for last year’s closure of eight nuclear power plants.

The BDEW industry group said Friday net electricity outflow leapt to 14,600 gigawatt hours from 1,600 during the first nine months of 2011. The output from wind and especially solar power, however, is expected to be much lower in the dark months of the fourth quarter.

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Germany has long been a net exporter of electricity, but output fell last year after the government shut down old nuclear reactors after Japan’s atomic disaster in March.

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