Deutsche Welle reports that Belgium is joining Germany and Switzerland in banning nuclear power.

Belgian’s political parties have reached a conditional agreement to phase out nuclear power by 2025, if they can find an adequate supply of energy from alternative sources by that time.

The country has seven nuclear reactors at two nuclear power stations. The three oldest reactors are set to be shut down by 2015, with the rest taken off the grid by 2025. Belgium will now have to determine where it will find new energy sources to replace the 5,860 MW of electricity that will be lost if the nuclear phase-out goes ahead.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear energy provided some 55 percent of Belgian’s electricity in 2009. Well over 90 percent of the domestic production production of energy comes from nuclear plants.

Some are concerned that action to reduce electricity by nuclear power risks power shortages in future in Belgium.  As AFP says in Belgium to switch off nuclear, operator sees blackout ahead:

Already a net importer of electricity, Belgium could become increasingly dependent on its neighbours, increase its carbon footprint by replacing nuclear with thermal energy, and be forced to considerably hike the price of electricity for consumers.

The Flemish daily De Standaard said this week: “If we fail to see sufficient alternatives by 2015, we might face a blackout.”

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