Energiaklub: Paks expansion not needed

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According to climate-policy think-tank Energiaklub, Hungary's electricity network will be able to fulfill energy demands by 2030 even without the planned expansion of the country’s sole nuclear power plant in Paks, the think-tank said at a press conference yesterday.

Based on an alternative energy model developed by the Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute, the mega-investment project does not need to be carried out. In contrast to the centralized system based on conventional energy and large power stations, the decentralized energy model offers more flexibility and places the primary emphasis on local and renewable resources, Ámon added. According to the director the decentralized model would create new jobs throughout the country.

The model was developed with the help of Danish EnergyPLAN software, and based on Energiaklub's calculations, Hungary's electricity demands until 2030 will be less than the government's projections. As such, launching the Paks expansion project is not an urgent matter.

Instead of building new nuclear energy blocks, the use of renewable energy should be encouraged; energy consumption should be rationalized and energy-efficient development projects are needed. Furthermore, a flexible, decentralized energy system should be put in place, according to Energiaklub's proposal.

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