It would be more productive to build a nuclear baseload generator station
Nuclear simply isn't an option in Belgium at the moment. After Fukushima the usual scaremongering got far far worse, which isn't to say that some of the criticisms are valid, but the scaremongering extends into the realm of the unscientific at times. Of course the nuclear industry has been running save-face ad campaigns, but the power company exploiting the nuclear power plants has come under fire by the press for making record profits while refusing to pay the rather new nuclear tax. To add to that, after inspection several nuclear reactors had been found to have cracks in their housing and needed to be shut down for repairs.
So in short, our government bows to public pressure to shut down the plants, but does so in an unrealistic schedule (that is to say, without a significant price hike due to the need to import more power). Two reactors have been shut down and it is currently unknown when they will restart (last inspection revealed that the cracks were fixed, but the committee is scheduling another inspection soon, and I haven't followed the news surrounding this). Electrabel is currently playing a high stakes pokergame with our government regarding taxes and the continued operation of the nuclear power plants. There are other issues with the policy around our electricity network, which are mostly problems our government has created for itself such as "green power certificates" (for a lack of better translation) which boosted the sales of roof mounted solar power units, but ended up costing the taxpayers unable to afford these units far too much, as businesses starting installing a ton of these units, and many more of these kinds of issues that are not related to the whole nuclear debate...
Aside from that there is a heavy emphasis on uninformed misinformation from both sides through social media. It was only two weeks ago that I saw a map of the tidal effects of the march 2011 tsunami in Japan being passed off as a "fallout map" of Fukushima which covered the entire globe. To give you an idea of how ridiculous it was, it was NOAA imagery with a goddamn legend attached, which of course nobody bothered to read. It's much more fun to assume that the red part of the map is fallout. It's needless to say that the nuclear fans are spreading their own misinformation: such as fear of power shortages, blackouts, peak power usage causing overload to renewable energy resources, etc etc etc. While I'm not saying that people are not allowed to have their opinions on the matter, in fact I'd encourage it, but I'd prefer people to at least look at facts rather than the hearsay passed through social networks.
I can only applaud efforts to have more environmentally friendly power sources, and it is in my opinion important in the both long and short term to focus on developing better and more efficient technology and deploying it more widespread. For the short term, I think our government is trying to be too ambitious with their stance and it will end up costing Joe Average and small/medium sized business, only to prolong the date of our nuclear exit when faced with our powerconsumption. At the core of the matter lies that both businesses and homes are using a lot of power, and while price can significantly drop that power consumption I fear that many families who are currently already struggling to pay their bills will end up becoming the victim of this, a group slowly but surely on the rise.
Some would argue that my stance is wanting to have my cake and eat it, but I like to think of it as not putting all my eggs in one basket, especially not at an economically critical time like this.