The French-speaking liberals Reformist Movement (MR) held their annual summer rally in Durbuy. Addressing MR activists, leader Georges-Louis Bouchez called for “intelligent energy consumption, the extension of nuclear power plants and a crisis contribution for energy producers.”
We will indeed have to use our energy smartly and with common sense,” Bouchez said during a speech to his party activists in Adventure Valley in Durbuy.
However, smart energy consumption, according to the MR chairman, does not mean the same as the “austerity” or the “de-growth” that some have put forward as a solution.
“We can save the climate and still maintain our quality of life,” said Bouchez.
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The MR chairman reiterated his plea for keeping more nuclear power stations open for longer and strengthening renewable energy. In order to cope with the rising energy bills, the party also proposes a crisis contribution from the energy producers.
“By 2024, the profits from nuclear energy will rise to €9 billion. I see that the Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten is looking forward to that, but I want to point out that you need nuclear energy for that.”
The crisis contribution of the sector envisaged by MR would be refunded directly to the bill for a certain amount of energy and that for all families regardless of salary.