Swiss voters have backed government plans to replace the power from aging nuclear reactors with renewable energy. In the latest election, 58.2 percent of voters supported the phaseout of nuclear energy in a binding referendum. Under the Swiss system of direct democracy, voters have the final say on major policy issues. The phaseout plan will provide billions of pounds in subsidies for renewable energy, ban the construction of nuclear plants and decommission the country’s five existing ones, which produce about a third of Switzerland’s electricity. The first nuclear power plant is earmarked for closure in 2019. The move echoes efforts across Europe to reduce dependence on nuclear energy. Germany also plans to close all nuclear plants by 2022 and Austria banned it decades ago.

– via the Independent


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