October 10, 2014
By: Charles Digges | bellona.org
Sweden’s incoming government edging out nuclear power
The Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden | Photo credit: Tomasz Sienicki
Sweden may soon turn its back on nuclear power as the incoming Social Democrats and Green Party have announced a coalition agreement to phase out atomic power development, Swedish media have reported.
The two parties have agreed to establish a commission that would put the country on track toward 100 percent reliance on renewable energy.
Sweden’s outgoing center-right governing coalition of four parties agreed in 2009 that new reactors could be built to replace ageing ones, World Nuclear News said.
Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven had said that nuclear power would be needed for “the foreseeable future”, while the Greens want to see more of Sweden’s reactors closed in the next four years.
The deal was presented by Lofven and Green Party spokeswoman Åsa Romson as a way for Sweden to eventually abandon nuclear power.
The fine print of the phase out, however, has not been revealed, and no deadline on a nuclear phase out was announced.
Both parties say further discussions are needed to hammer out a deadline, Sweden’s The Local news portal reported.
“The government’s starting point is that nuclear power must be dismantled, we must have 100 percent renewable energy. But let us first have this analysis phase,” Loefven told public broadcaster Sveriges Radio, as quoted in The Local.
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