Industry calls on Van der Straeten (Groen): ‘Be energy minister, not...

Industrial consumers of electricity – united in sector federation Febeliec – are very concerned about the security of supply in our country. The sector fears that Belgium is in danger of falling between two chairs now that the government is sticking to the nuclear exit by 2025 and the European Commission wants to conduct an in-depth investigation into the government’s support mechanism for the construction of new gas-fired power stations. “We think it is impossible to have that support mechanism ready on time,” says Febeliec CEO Peter Claes.

In this way, our country is in danger of ending up in a situation where there is not a support mechanism for new gas-fired power stations in time and there is no time left to keep the nuclear power stations open longer. Operator Engie Electrabel reiterated this week that a decision is needed at the end of this year about an extension of the Tihange 3 and Doel 4 reactors.

Febeliec therefore asks Energy Minister Van der Straeten to make a “rational” decision and to keep the nuclear power stations open longer. “This is not a game. It’s about our energy supply, about prices. Please don’t play it ideologically and be rational. An ideological point of view brings our potential into major problems, ”says Claes. “Be energy minister, not nuclear exit.”

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