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Ilya CEO: “The light will not go out when the nuclear power plants are closed” |  the interior

Ilya CEO: “The light will not go out when the nuclear power plants are closed” | the interior

If nuclear power plants shut down in 2025, the lights won’t go out. Chris Peters, CEO of high-voltage grid operator Elijah, confirmed this at a House Energy Committee hearing on the CRM mechanism.

The CRM – or Capacity Compensation Mechanism – must ensure that the power supply is secured after a nuclear phase-out. Offers power producers a fee for capacity availability. This was done through an auction. One of the winners is Engie Electrabel, which will build two new gas-fired power plants in Vilford and Owers.

However, Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA) refused to grant a permit to Vilvoorde. This raises concerns about whether Engy will be able to build the plant effectively and get it ready on time.

According to the CEO of Elia, it is primarily Engie Electrabel’s responsibility to provide the capacity won through the auction. “It’s up to them to clarify the situation,” Peters said. Ilya says she “has not received any signals that they want to withdraw from the contract.”

However, the top man in the high voltage director makes sure the lights won’t go out. “We do everything we can to do it every day.”


I won’t be late, I’ll work around the clock.

Tinne Van der Straeten

Energy Minister Tine van der Straiten (Green) also indicated to the House committee that the operator has primary responsibility for obtaining a permit. “The operator knew he didn’t have a permit,” van der Straiten said. Therefore, the Minister wants to maintain the necessary pressure on Engi Elektrabel.

At the same time, the Minister of Energy reiterated that a solution is needed if Engi does not obtain a permit. She confirmed that she is working hard on it. “I won’t be late, I work around the clock.” Didn’t expect possible solutions. “There are ways, but more clarity is needed,” says van der Straiten. You have shown all confidence that a solution will be found. “We are therefore working on parallel tracks.”

Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten and CEO Elia Chris Peeters. © BELGA

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