Sweden to build new nuclear plants before switching to renewable sources
The country aims to cover 100% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2040; however, it will build new nuclear power plants in the meantime to replace the older ones. Nuclear power generation has been a controversial issue across Europe since the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Finland’s and France’s efforts to build new reactors face major delays and excessive costs. Sweden is operating nine nuclear reactors accounting for some 40% of the country’s total power generation, with four older reactors to be put out of operation by the end of the decade. The agreement between the country’s government and opposition does not include any specifications of the technologies to be used by the newly-built power plants.