The last security door leading to reactor 2 at the nuclear power plant Beznau, pictured on September 23, 2011, in Doettingen in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland. The nuclear power plants Beznau 1 and 2 produce power all around the clock. The only exception being a two to four weeks stop in summer for the yearly renovation and inspection and the changing of the fuel elements. Beznau 1 and 2 went into operation in 1969 and 1971 respectively. Benznau 1 was the first nuclear power plant in Switzerland. The facility provides around 6 bilion kilowatt hours per year. (KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally) Die letzte Schleuse vor dem Reaktor 2 im Atomkraftwerk Beznau, aufgenommen am 23. September 2011 in Doettingen. Die Atomkraftwerke Beznau-1 und Beznau-2 erzeugen Strom rund um die Uhr. Dies mit Ausnahme von jeweils zwei bis vier Wochen im Sommer, in denen die Anlagen für die Jahresrevision und den Brennelementwechsel abgestellt sind. Beznau-1 und Beznau-2 gingen 1969 bzw. 1971 in Betrieb. Beznau-1 war damit das erste Kernkraftwerk der Schweiz. Die Anlage liefert rund 6 Milliarden Kilowattstunden Strom im Jahr. (KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally)

Swiss voters have thrown out a proposal to close the country’s five nuclear power plants after 45 years in operation.
The initiative of the Green Party will win about 46% of the vote, according to projections by the GfS Bern research and polling institute.
“Opponents seem to have convinced voters that an exit could lead to a shortage of electricity supplies,” says political scientist Claude Longchamp.
Regula Rytz, president of the Green Party, said the high number of yes votes confirmed that citizens wanted to opt out of nuclear power in the long run.
The association of electricity companies said it was a decision based on “common sense”. 
Near-final results from Sunday’s ballot show five of the country’s 26 cantons approving the initiative.
Supporters of the initiative argued the safety of old reactors, operating since the early 1970s, could no longer be guaranteed. Instead, they called for more energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.
“An orderly phase …
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