Lithuania to decide on nuclear power by May 2013

The newly elected prime minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevicius, has said the government will decide by May 15, 2013, whether or not to proceed with new nuclear build, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Lithuania has been in search of a new energy independence strategy since 2009, when the Soviet-built Ignalia nuclear plant closed. Since the plant closure, the country has had to import electricity from Russia, which is also its only supplier of natural gas.

In a non-binding October 2012 referendum voters rejected the previous government’s plan for a new nuclear plant.

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