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No need for nuclear energy, says Gov’t

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Portugal does not need a nuclear power station because the Government’s investments in renewable energies are equivalent to the output from a nuclear plant, State Secretary for Energy Carlos Zorrinho said this week.

No need for nuclear energy, says Gov’t

Presenting the Government’s national energy strategy until 2020, Zorrinho said: “The investment in renewables (wind, hydro and solar) is equivalent to that of a nuclear plant.” Portugal’s pioneering green energy choice and related policies are essential for economic recovery and cutting unemployment, he added.
By 2020, Portugal hopes to have reduced its energy needs to 74 percent of the present ones and meet emission targets in the process while also reducing by a quarter its energy imports valued at around €2 billion, said Zorrinho.
Green energy is predicted to account for 1.7 percent of GDP in 2020 compared to the current 0.8 percent and projects like electric vehicles could generate 121,000 new jobs over the coming decade, he added. Portugal’s Government also wants to boost hydro output to 8,600MW by 2020 and raise national solar production to 1,500 MW.
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Edition 1445
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