Belgium’s 7 nuclear power plants are the main source of electricity, supplying 58 percent of the country’s electric power. With the decline of the coal-mining industry, Belgium has been forced to rely more heavily on imported coal, petroleum, and natural gas. In the late 1980s environmental concerns about nuclear power led to the exploration of alternative energy sources, such as solar power, biomass, and geothermal technologies; a gas-powered generator was also constructed. Total electric power production was 80 billion kilowatt-hours in 1999.
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