Germany's 2012 power exports climb despite nuclear phase-out

Germany exported more electricity last year than it imported, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Tuesday, dispelling fears about possible power shortages due to its transition from nuclear to renewable energy. Europe's biggest power market imported some 43.8 terrawatt hours (TWh) of electricity and exported 66.6 TWh, resulting in a surplus of 22.8 TWh, figures based on information from the four biggest grid operators showed. "The year 2012 saw the biggest surplus in the last four years," said the Statistics Office, adding it was nearly four times the 2011 surplus.

Madeline Chambers, "Germany's 2012 power exports climb despite nuclear phase-out," Reuters, Apr. 2, 2013,

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