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Switzerland will phase-out nuclear power - referendum

  • Switzerland will phase-out nuclear power - referendum

Kyiv: Swiss citizens at the referendum voted to abandon projects of new nuclear power plants and life-time extension of existing ones, as a result the country's power system must begin the transition to renewable energy sources.

Thus, Swiss citizens supported the new law on energy strategy until 2050.

The Swiss radio reports that 58.21% of the country's residents supported the bill, and accordingly 41.79% were against it.

"Only in four of the 26 cantons and semi-cantons citizens have said" no "to the transition to renewable energy sources," Reuters reported.

The "Energy Strategy-2050" developed in Switzerland was a reaction to the accident at the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" in 2011 in Japan. According to the strategy, Switzerland refuses to build new nuclear power plants, and also closes five existing ones. In addition, the energy reform provides for the transition to renewable energy sources, including hydroelectric power stations, wind generators and solar installations.

In turn, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Kistion at a joint meeting with the EBRD said that a new shelter over the 4th power unit of the Chernobyl NPP will be put into operation before the end of 2017.


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