In 2025, all nuclear plants in Belgium will close. Does that mean that we will emit more CO2? Or will we have an electricity shortage and will the lights go out? Should Belgium import electricity from abroad? Do we have enough green energy? Will there be a windmill in your backyard? What does that mean for your energy bill? Can our country survive without nuclear energy? The Universiteit van Vlaanderen submitted this question to energy specialist Ronnie Belmans of KU Leuven/EnergyVille.
The closure of the nuclear power plants is the source of many heated discussions. The nuclear power plants in Belgium are scheduled to close in 2025, the federal government has decided. But how realistic is that? Will we run out of power on windless days and will the lights go out? Will CO2 emissions increase dramatically? Should Belgium import electricity from abroad? Do we have enough green energy? Will there be a windmill in your backyard? Will your energy bill double? Listen to the podcast of the University of Flanders via the link below.