Budapest, May 5 (MTI) – Clean energy rather than more nuclear can satisfy Hungary’s energy needs, the green opposition LMP party has said.
Unveiling an “alternative programme” to the Paks 2 nuclear power expansion project on Friday, LMP lawmaker Benedek R Sallai said the party’s plan would ensure the country’s energy independence.
The plan involves providing a subsidy of 1 million forints to each Hungarian household for taking measures to achieve 40-50 percent energy savings. He insisted the scheme could create 100,000 jobs in Hungarian regions.
He rejected the government’s assertion that nuclear power would provide the cheapest electricity. Neither would the project create 10,000 new jobs. Moreover, the country’s energy independence could not be guaranteed by the Paks plant’s expansion because fuel was still needed, he added.