How will a nuclear exit affect the price of energy?

It is cheaper to produce electricity with nuclear plants that are already there than with new fossil plants that still need to be built.

A nuclear exit will therefore increase the average production cost of electricity in our country. If we choose to import more electricity from abroad, the price will rise as well. After all, our neighbouring countries face the same challenges in securing their long-term energy supplies. 

According to a recent study by EnergyVille, the total cost of the Belgian electricity system will be 106 to 134 million euros lower annually if we keep two nuclear power plants open after 2025. The impact on the wholesale price of electricity would be about €1 per MWh, which at the level of national consumption corresponds to about € 89.5 million per year by 2030. 

Our neighbouring countries face the same challenges in securing their long-term energy supplies.

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