Spanish plan to limit nuclear plants' life to 40 years

Spain's government proposed a binding 40-year limit on the life of nuclear power plants as it unveiled a draft law on sustainable economy on Friday. Most plants have a design lifetime of up to 40 years, but many EU states have plans to operate them for longer.

The proposal must first receive parliament backing. Among other things, it is intended to "maximise" the share of renewables in electricity. Government offices' energy use would be cut by 20% by 2016. A plan to promote electric cars will be unveiled by March.

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