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1 July 1999
Nuclear took some hard hits in the past three months. Germany at last agreed to gradually phase out all its nuclear plant by 2020, and the Swedish High Court ruled that the government was in its full right to order the closure of its nuclear plant. The first block is scheduled for extinction in November. Significantly, the German government last month also became the first to say it will use wind power to replace nuclear. Gas is looking ever stronger, however. A study for the International Atomic Energy Authority says gas supplies in Europe are likely to continue expanding until around 2090, when output will be 5.5 times current levels. New sources in Norway, Russia and North Africa will likely secure Europe's supplies
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