Govt discusses unpopular power options


The government is looking at all options to make sure the lights stay on over the winter - including taking gas destined for Italy. This is not going down well in Rome.

There’s a pipe which runs through Switzerland from Germany to Italy, and a clause in the agreement allows Switzerland to tap into it in case of a crisis. But the suggestion is going down badly in negotiations with neighbouring countries. 

There’s another option being discussed – which goes against the government’s own environmental policies, burn oil for electricity. 
It’s expected there’ll be more oil than gas.

In canton Aargau there’s an experimental power station that can be run on oil. It has the same output of a nuclear power station – but it will take huge amounts of oil to run, and will be very dirty.

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