After shutting a first nuclear reactor last year, Sweden has delayed and then retabled closure of a second before 2003 (ENDS Daily 4 October), while maintaining a condition that new renewables capacity should replace its electricity output. In view of this condition, the IEA concludes, no further nuclear closures after the second Barsebäck reactor are likely in Sweden before 2010.
Sweden should drop its opposition to development of natural gas as an alternative to nuclear power, even though this would raise greenhouse gas emissions, the IEA concludes. "It will not be possible to ensure that nuclear power is replaced by renewable sources," it says, "unless the replacement sources of power are genuinely competitive".
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