Switzerland to prioritize renewables over nuclear power

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By Energía16

03/06/2018

Switzerland will prioritize renewables over nuclear power, as part of its Strategic Plan to double renewable energy production.

The plan is set to promote renewables in Switzerland in order to replace nuclear power, which currently accounts for 33 percent of the country’s energy production.

In detail, it entails a series of measures that seek to prepare for when the nuclear resource is exhausted. For its part, hydraulic power accounts for 60 percent of the Helvetic Confederation’s energy mix. There are five nuclear power stations in Switzerland, two of them are the eldest in the world and are still operational, ElEconomista reported.

Stability for renewables in Switzerland

Nuclear power stations do not have a fixed useful life. The head of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Energy Lukas Gutzwiller addressed the matter and assured that said useful life depends on the plant’s maintenance.

“We must replace nuclear power before the last reactor is shut down”. He added that, under the plan, renewables should replace at least half of the nuclear power output by 2035.

After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident, Switzerland had to review its energy plan. The new law that backs this change just entered into force in January, after securing the public support with a referendum held in May 2017.

Renewable measures implemented in Switzerland

The plan includes measures to improve energy efficiency in construction, mobility, and industry. It also entails other measures aimed at increasing the use of renewables. The process will begin by promoting renewables and improving the legal framework.

To this end, nuclear power will be progressively replaced. Furthermore, the government will award licenses and implement an extra charge of 2.3 cents per kilowatt on energy prices.

Through this process, it expects to raise a total of 1.3 billion Swiss francs ($1.1 billion) a year.

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