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Switzerland Halts Nuclear Plant Production To Focus On Renewable Energy

By Brian Spaen

Switzerland aims to get out of the nuclear power business beginning in 2018. They plan to become one of the many countries that have pushed renewable sources to the forefront of their power supply with the passing of the Energy Strategy 2050 law on Sunday. Those pioneers include places like Iceland, which is already fueled on 100 percent renewable energy, and Germany, which recently had 85 percent of their country run on renewables over a holiday weekend.

The country has already made the push to hydroelectricity, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of all the sources of energy based on data from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Nuclear energy is next with 33.5 percent. Notably, 58.2 percent of the country’s population voted in favor to not build any further nuclear power plants.

This call for renewable energy started back in 2011 after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan. The biggest earthquake to rock the country killed over 20,000 people and destroyed the nuclear reactor, leading to contamination all over the area. Cleanup is expected to finally begin in 2021 after research has concluded, and the process could take up to 40 years. Germany will be phasing out all of their nuclear plants, as well.