Perhaps you remember this AFP report from last week: Freeze forces Germany to restart nuclear reactors: Report
The cold snap gripping Europe has forced Germany, which last year decided to abandon nuclear power, to restart several reactors taken off line, the daily Handelsblatt reports in its Thursday issue.
It is now known the report was a complete fabrication: “A sensational – and erroneous – piece of news spread in the media: On account of this winter’s unprecedented cold snap, Germany has ostensibly re-launched several of the nuclear reactors” (SOURCE)
From the start, something was decidedly off-key with this information: The media said, in part, that the decision was made by Germany’s grid operators, even though an issue like that would be entirely under the purview of the federal government. Furthermore, as Jan Haverkamp, Greenpeace’s expert consultant on nuclear energy, points out, the eight nuclear power plants that Germany closed after Fukushima no longer have licenses and cannot legally go back into operation, or, for that matter, into reserve. [...] Germany has yet even to put the requested coal and oil capacities into actual use.
In fact, Reuters reported yesterday, “Germany powers France in cold despite nuclear u-turn“
Germany came to the rescue of France during last week’s cold snap by massively exporting electricity to its neighbour, silencing critics who slammed Berlin last year for abruptly shutting down 8 nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster.
Silenced? Apparently not, via yesterday’s Forbes:
The weather-dependent, sporadic nature of those “renewable” energy sources has already begun to wreak havoc on Germany’s power grid, and threatens to destabilize others all across Europe. After tens of billions of euros have been spent on these systems, raising consumer electricity prices in the process, not a single coal or gas-fired power plant has been taken off line. Ironically, Germany, once a net power exporter, now imports electricity from French nuclear facilities and fossil-powered plants in neighboring countries. They became an importer after their government closed 8 of the older 18 nuclear reactors in the fearful aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima disaster.
Published: February 15th, 2012 at 12:58 pm ET