Spain to shut down reactors by 2035

Spain plans to close its seven nuclear plants from 2025 to 2035 as part of its plans to produce all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

Energy Minister Teresa Ribeira announced the decision on Tuesday, February 12, a little before the minority socialist government called for early elections.

The restructuring of Spain’s energy system, which produced 40% of the country’s energy from renewable sources in 2018, requires investments of 235 billion euros between 2021 and 2030, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said last month.

Rebera said the government will present to parliament on 22 February a plan to combat climate change, which was due to have been sent to the European Union for approval by the end of last year.

According to a bill submitted last year, the government intends to ban the sale of gasoline, diesel and hybrid cars by 2040 and to encourage the installation of renewable capacity of at least 3,000 megawatts per year.

The gradual abolition of nuclear power, which represents just over 20% of Spanish electricity, was a promise of the Socialist Party’s election campaign, which took over the government last summer after overthrowing conservative predecessors after successive votes confidence.

Spain’s nuclear power stations, which began operating between 1983 and 1988, belong to Iberdrola, Naturgy, Italian Endesa and Portuguese EDP.