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Barsebeck: Replaced by fossile fuels in the short run, swedes cleaned up the shortfall via.. uprating the remaining reactors.

If you can find a fossile fuel bump I would like to see it, in particular considering that fossile fuel for electricity is rare in Sweden. Vattenfall has some rarely used oil for back-up on cold winter days with nukes offline and low water levels at the water plants.

If you instead take the long view, the 1980 referendum on nuclear power that halted the expansion of nuclear is partially responsible for phasing out oil for heating. See, when nuclear was planned to be ever-expanding Vattenfall used its market position to provide local utilities with a lower price if they choose direct eletric heating over district heating. As local utilities had a lot of say in city planning, the wasteful practice of direct electric heating ruled the day. After the referendum further expansion was halted anyway so local utilities gradually moved towards district heating and the state launched incentives for converting homes heated with oil or direct electric heating to biofuels (forest by-products) or with electric heatpumps.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jan 5th, 2012 at 01:45:22 PM EST
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