Not enough power from 2008

9th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 October 2007, BRUSSELS – The energy regulator CREG warns of problems with the power supply. Problems will soon be imminent due to a lack of investment in electricity production as it is already too late for a quick solution. Belgium will need to import a lot of energy and old, polluting electricity power plants will need to be kept open longer, De Tijd reports

9 October 2007

BRUSSELS – The energy regulator CREG warns of problems with the power supply. Problems will soon be imminent due to a lack of investment in electricity production as it is already too late for a quick solution. Belgium will need to import a lot of energy and old, polluting electricity power plants will need to be kept open longer, De Tijd reports

CREG has calculated that there will be a shortage of some 2,000 megawatts next year.  "We should not exaggerate the situation, but neither should we close our eyes to it. The risk of electricity shortages is a fact," a spokesperson for CREG said.

The period from 2008-2011 in particular will be critical and there will be a growing risk that Belgium cannot produce enough power to meet demand.  Belgium will therefore need to import a lot of power in the coming years. A number of outdated power plants which have been operational for 40 years might have to remain operational. The shortages can lead to price hikes for consumers, CREG warned.

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Subject: Belgian news

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