Belgium’s system rewards local politicians for keeping the bulbs blazing, said Peter Reekmans, speaking from his experience as the mayor of the town of Glabbeek. The system has “built-in conflicts of interest” for local politicians deciding on energy policy, including about streetlights, he said. And where there is complexity, some energy companies see opportunity, said Eric De Keuleneer, an academic at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and an expert on the Belgian electricity market. Electrabel remains Belgium’s sole nuclear producer and its main energy supplier, a virtual monopoly that critics say has left Belgians paying dearly for their electricity. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyEven as most of Belgium’s energy comes from nuclear power — a comparatively cheap source of energy — the price of electricity excluding taxes is the highest in the European Union.
Source: New York Times December 13, 2017 04:47 UTC