The use of nuclear energy in addition to wind and solar energy can be a serious option for the Netherlands, Minister Eric Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate) concluded on Wednesday from a study by ENCO, a consultancy specializing in nuclear energy.

According to the research, the costs of nuclear energy could be compared to those of wind and solar energy.

The cost of nuclear energy was previously thought to be relatively high compared to that of wind and solar energy.

ENCO, which carried out the study on behalf of the Lower House, however, stated that when determining the costs for energy from wind and solar, certain costs such as connection costs and extra network costs are not included in the calculations.

The lifespan of a nuclear power plant also ensures that nuclear energy is relatively cheaper.

To do this, new nuclear power stations in the country must be built according to the existing series construction.

"This study confirms that for CO2-free controllable power after 2030 nuclear energy is one of the cost-effective options," said Wiebes.

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Criticism from experts

In a response to NU.nl, various scientific experts stated that they had doubts about the assumptions in the report.

They argue that electricity from sun and wind is already cheaper than nuclear power.

In addition, this price differential would only have widened by the time any new nuclear power plant would be operational - "possibly not until 2040" -.

Heleen de Coninck, professor of climate policy at Eindhoven University of Technology: "With such energy investments, it is also important not only to consider the electricity costs, but also the financial risks for the bank. These risks are high in nuclear energy, because the The duration of construction can be as long as twenty years, and the life span of a nuclear power plant can be as long as sixty years. "

That is why, according to De Conick, it is mainly countries where the energy supply is in the hands of the government, such as China and the United Arab Emirates, that are still building nuclear power plants.

"Otherwise, the government will have to contribute significantly, as in Great Britain, and the taxpayer will therefore bear the risk."

'Use of nuclear energy to combat further climate change'

Many major international organizations, including the United Nations IPCC and the IEA, see nuclear power as an important part of the "energy mix needed to combat further climate change," the researchers say.

Practically no CO2 is released during the production of nuclear energy.

The cabinet is now going to investigate whether and in which regions there is interest in the construction of nuclear power plants.

See also: Climate question: Can we solve the climate problem with nuclear energy?