Nuclear Power in Italy Halted
The people of Italy has just voted “NO” to building nuclear power stations in a referendum.
The wave of anti-nuclear feeling among countries has reached Italy and the voters gave the idea a resounding no. The sentiment was strong with 94% of those voting being against building nuclear power plants in the country.
Following the Nuclear disaster at Fukushima plant in Japan, many countries and their citizens have taken a deep look at their own nuclear future. Switzerland and Germany have already made it a promise to phase out their nuclear electricity production in the coming decades. Italy has now voted to join them.
The disaster in Japan was devastating to the population and the ongoing crisis with the nuclear plants in meltdown is on everybody’s mind. There is obvious good sides to this somewhat extremely rare series of events and that is a shift to other forms of energy.
There is no doubt that wave, solar, hydro and thermal energy are extremely desirable but they can never replace the capacity of a large nuclear power station without massive environmental impact themselves.
Italy is lucky in having no Nuclear power stations that produce energy and thus there will be shortfall in current capacity. Germany is not so lucky and will have 17 to decommissioned and around 23% of energy that needs to be replaced.