The sort-of-deal between Engie and the government is all about a 10-year LTO. International regulatory-wise, LTO’s are 20 years, so where does this come from? Engie does not hide that it wants to abandon nuclear plants a.s.a.p.One should realise that Engie is not an nuclear specialist, they own only the Belgian plants, which they have… Continue reading Where do the ENGIE numbers come from?
In 2003, the government decided to close down all nuclear power plants by 2023. That’s about just now. From 2003 till 2018, we were all fast asleep. Me too. Sorry for that, by the way. In a KULeuven University Seminar in November 2018 (*), ‘expert’ Prof. R. Belmans, electrical engineer, not nuclear engineer by the… Continue reading Brilliant strategies: LTO of KCD-4 and CNT-3 as a bargain to cap the future cost of waste disposal
We need renewables, because wind is for free and uranium is expensive? Sure about this? We need renewables, because wind is clean and uranium is filthy? Again, sure about this? Advocates of sun-and-wind argue that the primary energy sources sunshine, wind and hydro are for free, while oil, methane gas and uranium are costly. There… Continue reading Free as the wind…
One would suspect that hydro-electricity is a key example of renewable energy. Is it? And more important: is it sustainable? Belgium does not comprise mountains or fjords. Instead we use a pumping plant in Coo-Trois-Ponts. It uses electricity from the grid to pump water from a low reservoir uphill to an elevated reservoir, with the… Continue reading Hydro-electricity is not renewable nor sustainable?
On January 11, 2023, the Belgian government claimed to have a deal with Engie on the future of KCD-4 and CNT-3. Whether this deal involves EDF is yet unclear. To shed some light, here’s my definition of a deal. A deal is closed if and only if: 1. the contract is legal and signed, 2.… Continue reading The NuclearSub Deal – What’s in a Name?
To most anyone in the world, CRM means Customer Relationship Management. For Belgian politicians, CRM is Something Completely Different.. CRM is a Belgian funding mechanism that uses tax money to fund the construction and maintenance of facilities to produce electricity. At first, that seems a weird idea. If you want to produce and sell shoe… Continue reading And now for Something Completely Different… CRM
ELIA is the Belgian TSO (Transmission System Operator), responsible for the high voltage electricity transmission in Belgium. Although not a producer, when there’s a black-out, ELIA is to blame. You would therefore think ELIA likes base load electricity production. However… Ever since the liberalisation of the European electricity market (2009), ELIA is no longer a government… Continue reading On the mysterious ways of ELIA
While European governments are running around like headless chickens in an attempt to lower energy prices, in an attempt to avoid uproar when winter kicks in, let us shed some light. Gas prices are determined by international market mechanisms. The price follows the demand, and it is even so influenced byfutures, availability of distribution channels,… Continue reading Rationalising the energy prices
On the European market, the price of electricity is “determined” by the marginal cost of the “last” kWh that is produced to fulfil the “immediate” demand (making abstraction of the grid latency). In practice, our national grid is supplied by large nuclear power plants producing the 6GWe base load, with an all-time, all-included production cost of… Continue reading Electricity price mechanisms
The looks of their latest energy invoice finally got the Belgian Captains of Industry out of their energy lethargy. They now ask for Long-Term Operation (LTO) for KCD-4 and CNT-3, a.k.a. Doel-4 and Tihange-3. In human language: they ask to keep the 2 youngest nuclear power plants running beyond their designed operating life time of 40… Continue reading On the economy of ecology