Belgium agrees to nuclear shut down


Belgium has seven nuclear reactors at two plants and has long considered the prospect of a complete exit from nuclear.

In 2009, atomic energy provided 55 percent of the country’s electricity generation. Some analysts do not believe that sufficient replacement  capacity will be ready by 2015. The plan also depends on future economic growth as an upturn would increase the demand for energy.

Since Japan’s nuclear disaster earlier this year, public concern has grown while Germany has announced plans to phase out all its nuclear  plants by 2022.