28 Jan '13, 8pm

Belgian and German Electricity Systems Keep Lights on Despite Nuclear Turn-off

Freezing temperatures in both Belgium and Germany have put both countries’ power systems to the test this week, but neither country has experienced electricity blackouts despite the lack of nuclear power. Two of Belgium’s seven nuclear reactors — Doel 3 and Tihange 2 — were switched off this summer, following the discovery of cracks, cutting 2,000 MW of electricity-generating capacity from Belgium’s electricity network. Even without this nuclear capacity online, the network survived this winter’s peak electricity demand of 13,166 MW on 17 January, L’Echo , a Belgian newspaper, reported. Belgium’s electricity supply is guaranteed by a small amount of energy imports — including gas from the Netherlands and solar and wind from Germany — and a diverse energy portfolio, one in which renewable energy has a rising share, the paper said. Belgium’s electricity portfolio is currentl...

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