Germany plans to keep its remaining nuclear power plants open longer in a major reversal as it tries to keep the lights on this winter with less Russian gas. The Telegraph reports: Officials concluded the plants were needed because of the gas shortage and could remain open without safety concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported. Germany pledged to phase out nuclear power after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster, fueling opposition to the technology. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Berlin has been under pressure to change course to limit the impact of the gas crisis on producers and households. Germany has three plants left, operated by E.ON, EnBW and RWE, which provide about 6 percent of the country’s electricity. They are currently due to close at the end of the year. Any expansion has yet to be formally agreed upon, and details remain under discussion, the Wall Street Journal added. It comes as Norway warned it could do no more to help Germany avoid a gas crisis this winter as Russia cuts supplies.

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