Ringhals had not solved electricity problems

The Moderates’ party leader Ulf Kristersson wants to invest in nuclear power. Expensive and dangerous, says Minister of the Environment and Climate Per Bolund. “It (Sweden’s electricity problem) would not have been solved if we had kept the reactors,” he says in SVT’s Agenda.

A cold winter, weak winds and an electricity grid that is being expanded – but is not yet able to transmit electricity at a sufficient rate – have created electricity problems in the southern parts of the country. Instead, electricity has been imported from, among other places, coal-fired power plants abroad.

It has brought the nuclear debate to life. In Agenda, the Green Party’s spokesmen Per Bolund and Ulf Kristersson debated nuclear power.

Kristersson’s party is – just like the Liberals, the Christian Democrats and the Sweden Democrats – against the closure of the Ringhals 1 and 2 reactors.

– It really was not the right decision. We should keep nuclear power for the foreseeable future, says Kristersson.

“Should focus on transmission capacity”

Bolund says that nuclear power is neither profitable nor safe and that the electricity production itself is not the problem, according to Bolund.

– We have it. That is the transmission capacity we should focus on, he says.

Kristersson wants to see Sweden invest in smaller reactors that are now being developed. But it is a fantasy that lies far in the future, according to Bolund.

– The technologies that are growing in the world are renewable. They take over. 90 percent of all energy invested in is renewable. Ulf dreams of going back to the 1970s.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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