Switzerland votes to phase out nuclear power

Nuclear power


First proposed by the government in 2011, the measure of this decision favors the renewable energy.

Last Sunday, with 58.2 percent of the votes, Switzerland took a very important step towards its energy future: to pass in a referendum the Energy Law, which provides for the progressive elimination of nuclear power plants. The standard prohibits the construction of new plants and provides for the gradual closure of active facilities.

The share has stood at 42.3 percent, 2.3 million, while the country is inhabited by just over 8 million people.

The vote was held to assess the government's proposal, called Energy Strategy 2050, drafted in 2011 following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. The initiative was approved by Parliament in 2016, but it needed the referendum to be approved.

The five nuclear power plants currently in operation produce 22.1 terawatts per year -approximately one third of Swiss needs- and can continue to operate as long as they comply with safety regulations. The horizon is closing in 20 or 30 years.

Energy that is not produced by nuclear power will be supplied through an energy saving plan that plans to reduce average consumption per person by 43 percent compared to 2000. The rest will be offset by renewable energy, a change that will be financed with an increase in the price of energy for consumers. The kWh will increase from 1.5 cents to 2.3 cents.

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