Despite backing from the Sweden Democrats, the Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals have narrowly lost their bid in the Committee on Industry and Trade to force the government to initiate an inquiry into the continued operation of the Ringhals 1 and 2 nuclear reactors. The proposal was voted down by nine votes to eight.
Expressing disappointment and surprise afterwards, Lars Hjelmered, the Moderates’ energy policy spokesperson, criticised the government, saying that, besides rejecting the proposal, it had hiked cogeneration taxes and changed grid investment conditions for the worse recently, which could have a devastating impact on Sweden’s energy supply.
Helene Hellmark Knutsson, the Social Democrats’ group leader on the Committee, has said that the main reason the party rejected the proposal was because it “believes energy issues should be raised within the framework of the cross-bloc energy agreement. It provides stability and a long-term perspective for power companies and other players. It is then important that we politicians and parties keep our word”.
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