STOCKHOLM – Nuclear energy divides parliament

On Wednesday afternoon, the Swedish parliament narrowly voted down the proposal, by 173 to 174, to force state-owned energy company Vattenfall AB to stop its closure of two nuclear reactors, Ringhals 1 and 2.

One of the Ringhals reactors was already closed down last year and the other one is planned for closure later this year. Neither of the two reactors has the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s permission to operate beyond 2020.

For the reactors to open again and continue, the law on nuclear technology would have to be revised. Vattenfall has also made it clear that to keep the two reactors running would not be economically sound.

Hence the vote was more of a political statement that nuclear is again high on the political agenda. Moreover, it signals the confusion surrounding the country’s future energy – and climate – policy. (Pekka Vänttinen |

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