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Spain to close all nuclear and coal power plants by 2030

Announcement comes days after socialist government drafts plans for 100% renewable energy electricity system by 2050

SPAIN is to close the last of it nuclear reactors and coal power plants before 2030, Energy Secretary Jose Dominguez said today.

The socialist government says it is not going to extend the lifespan of any of its nuclear power plants beyond their 40-year lifespan.  

Spain’s oldest reactor has been in operation for 37 years and its newest for just over 30. Therefore the reactors should close by 2021 and 2028, respectively, if Spain sticks to it guns.

Permanently decommissioning the nuclear plants, Dominguez said, “will probably take us beyond 2030 but we will not reach 2040. Before 2040, we will have closed them,”

On Tuesday, Spain’s government drafted a climate plan targeting a 100 per cent renewable energy electricity system by 2050 as well as cutting 90 per cent of it carbon emission in the same time period.

Spain’s goals for renewable energy outdo those adopted by the EU, which is asking member countries to target at least 32 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. 

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