Greens given geography lesson as Swiss reject Fukushima induced nuclear panic.

Posted: November 30, 2016 by tallbloke in Nuclear power, People power, solar system dynamics

The proposal to force older nuclear power plants to close in Switzerland has been rejected in a referendum. The five reactors that provide over one-third of electricity can continue to operate according to their economic lives.

Nuclear power plants in Switzerland (Nov 2016) (WNA)

Nuclear power is Switzerland’s second largest source of electricity, providing about 35% of electricity in 2015 and complementing 52% hydro to give the country one of the cleanest and most secure electricity systems in the world.

In 2010 there were active plans to replace the five current reactors based on a supportive referendum and confirmation by regulators that the sites were suitable. This program was scrapped by a National Council vote in June 2011, just four months after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, and Switzerland was put on a path to lose nuclear power when existing reactors retired in the 2030s and 2040s.

Today Switzerland went to the polls on a further proposal that would have accelerated the retirements by forcing reactors to close at the age of 45. Because they are already over this age, Beznau 1 and 2 as well as Muehleberg would have closed in 2017. Gösgen would have followed in 2024, and Leibstadt in 2029.

Muhleberg - 460 (BKW)
Muehleberg (Image: BKW)


A majority – 54.2% – of people voted ‘No’ to the rapid phase out, recording a clear victory by winning both the popular vote and by taking majorities in the most cantons. The participation rate in the referendum was some 45% of voters.

The Swiss Nuclear Forum said, “Swiss voters have expressed their confidence in the nuclear power plant operators and in the safety authorities by a clear majority. The clear rejection of the nuclear phase-out initiative shows that the Swiss attach great importance to a reliable and environmentally friendly power supply with domestic plants.”

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  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    I find it hard to believe that Switzerland is in danger of a tsunami, esp. in the north.
    And why would anybody hysterical about CO2 want to replace nuclear with wind turbines and CO2 producing backup?

  2. oldmanK says:

    Quote from above “The Swiss Nuclear Forum said, “Swiss voters have expressed their confidence in the nuclear power plant operators and in the safety authorities by a clear majority.” That is not a clean bill of health. I would want one from a competent –and honest– authority.

    This is from EDF statement : “The discovery of widespread carbon segregation problems in critical nuclear plant components has crippled the French power industry—20 of the country’s 58 reactors are currently offline and under heavy scrutiny. France’s nuclear safety chairman said more anomalies “will likely be found,” as the extent of the contagion is still being uncovered.” and ” The second problem concerns forged, falsified, or incomplete quality control reports about the critical components themselves.”

    In a 40+ year career in Power gen, this was the main be-devilling thing — lack of quality control on material boosted, by fake documents.

  3. tom0mason says:

    Maybe the Swiss looked over the border, saw what was happening in Germany, and …
    saw the light. 🙂

  4. David A Anderson says:

    Also at the WNN site is this article. I am curious what the posters here think of it.