Merkel: Germany to Play a Leading Role In Green Energy

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said that her country could be a role model when it comes to achieving a shift towards renewable and efficient energies, following the government’s decision to close down all of its 17 nuclear power plants by 2022. However, one of these plants will remain on “standby” starting from 2013 to be used in case of likely electricity shortages. The plan, which still needs approval of the parliament, described Germany as the first industrialized country ready to abandon the atomic energy entirely.