“I will say that I am getting out of [nuclear] only when I am sure I have an alternative ready,” [the Belgian energy chief] said. Nuclear power accounts for roughly 55% of Belgium’s electricity production.
From the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Nuclear Notes:
Germany is a big country with a big problem when it comes to closing its nuclear plants. Belgium is a smaller country with the same problem and somehow it’s still a pretty big one:
“With just three years to go before Belgium is due to begin phasing out nuclear power, the country is still grappling with basic questions about its plans, including whether the 2015 deadline has to be adjusted to ensure electricity supplies remain reliable.”
To be honest, if you want to close nuclear plants, you have to prepare for the loss of a lot of electricity and the very real possibility that the price to customers will go up, in some cases considerably. Belgium hasn’t prepared for any of this.