Sweden plans nuclear U-turn

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The Swedish government is set to reverse its thirty-year policy of phasing out nuclear power and will end a moratorium on building new reactors.

Sweden's domestic energy generation is built primarily on hydro and nuclear generation.

Over the past three decades it has been committed to scaling back on its reliance on nuclear power but now the government says it is needed to keep the country's carbon emissions down.

It has also said it will develop renewable sources such as CHP and wind power.

"Climate change is now in focus and nuclear power will thus remain an important source of Swedish electricity production for the foreseeable future," said a statement from the Swedish government outlining the decision.

"To reduce vulnerability and increase security of supply, a third source of electricity that reduces dependence on nuclear power and hydropower should be developed.

"To achieve this, cogeneration, wind power and other renewable power production must together account for a significant proportion of electricity production."

Sam Bond


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