The new proposal is in line with operators' demands for a limit on output rather than on reactor lifetimes (ENDS Daily 7 February). But it remains unclear whether the shift will bring the two sides closer together since Mr Schröder stressed that the government would calculate the production cap in such a way that the average maximum power station life would remain 30 years. He added that the government would also seek to impose a fixed date by which every station would have to be closed.
German press analysis of the chancellor's statement also suggests that the greater flexibility may be more apparent than real. Nuclear operators want to be allowed to generate another 3,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity before final phase-out; according to newspapers, the government's calculation would mean a limit of 2,000 TWh. Newspapers also report that the fixed date for a complete end to nuclear power generation in Germany could be 2018 - no later than it would have been under the government's previous plan.
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