Switzerland currently has five nuclear power plants in operation, which produce around
Switzerland’s government and Parliament had opposed the strict timetable phase-out, arguing that the premature closure of the nuclear power stations could not be compensated quickly enough by electricity generated by renewables, and therefore the country would have to rely on imports of electricity in the coming years.
After the Fukushima reactor disaster in 2011, Switzerland’s government and Parliament adopted the
After Fukushima, Switzerland’s neighbor, Germany, also decided to phase out the use of nuclear power—but on a quicker timetable, planning to have them phased out
The Swiss electricity industry had also fought against the early nuclear phase-out plan, with representatives saying that an earlier exit would mean instability of supplies, increased costs for imports, and lost revenues from nuclear power production.
A week before the vote, Tobias Kistner, a spokesman for utility Axpo, told
“The risk of grid instabilities and ultimately blackouts would increase dramatically.”
Following Sunday’s referendum result, Axpo
By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com
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