Art and flying work are not a solution to the energy crisis

Andre Jurres

CEO of the energy company NPG Energy

The energy crisis forces Europe to focus on sustainable and independent energy supply.

The prices at the pump or our gas and electric bills have kept us all busy for months. Are various governments now gearing up or is it more like panic football?

The essence

  • The author: André Jurres, CEO of the green energy company NPG Energy.
  • The statement: The energy crisis was caused because we depended on unsustainable energy for too long
  • The proposal: Use the energy crisis to switch to renewable energy that is produced independently.

One day we read reassuring reports that the low countries have little to fear if the Russian president turns off the gas, the next day governments are warning of a possible energy shortage next winter. What is it now?

By turning off the gas tap, the climate crisis has suddenly disappeared, coal-fired power stations are allowed to run at full power again, nuclear power stations must remain open one minute before their final shutdown, we build massive LNG terminals in our ports, which will continue to store fossil fuels fuels there for decades to come.

Maybe sanity will return when the dust settles. But it is better today than tomorrow to definitively close the gas tap if those solutions are the best you can come up with.

Putin’s punishment is quite understandable given his ill-advised raid on a neighboring country. Ultimately, the event puts pressure on us that Europe is very dependent on less fresh regimes who receive hundreds of billions of euros a year from us to maintain their kingdoms.

Lack of visibility

The problems also stem from a lack of vision to make Europe independent of such external events. We should have known better. Or has everyone forgotten the invasion of Iraq in 2003 which doubled our energy price overnight? The sacred belief in free market forces was simply an excuse to push the hot potato in front of us.

But every historian knows that energy is power and the lack of it is the opposite. The speed with which Europe is now becoming its sick brother again also stems from the composition of all the member states, some of which have been dependent on the economic injection of cheap money for years.



The sacred belief in free market forces was simply an excuse to push the hot potato in front of us.

What then needs to be done? First we must realize that the calf is already drowned and we must sweat it out. At the same time, a vision must be developed that makes Europe energy independent. France has led the way for decades by building enough of its own electricity generation that also made it the largest exporter of electricity for decades. This is not a plea for nuclear energy, but a plea for sufficient investment in basic infrastructure and therefore to drain the oil-exporting countries and, by extension, China.

Since the corona pandemic, the relocation of a large part of our production to low-wage countries such as China over the last thirty years has made us realize that we have become overly dependent on transport flows from distant countries that make us equally dependent on Chinese toys. or Taiwanese computer chips as in Russian gas. They are all unwanted.



Europe does not have many options to become energy independent. It is therefore logical that nuclear energy is back on the agenda.

Europe does not have many options to become energy independent. It is therefore logical that nuclear energy is back on the agenda. Of course it is a choice between plague and cholera. Choosing between coal, natural gas, petroleum on the one hand or nuclear energy on the other is not a good choice, but it is necessary.

It has long been known that we must also invest heavily in sustainable energy. That policy must also be supported by investing more in the underlying basic network infrastructure that can properly handle the many millions of decentralized production.

Corona and the war that Russia has unleashed is actually a blessing from one side, because postponement is no longer an option. Natural gas must be very expensive just like petroleum. Not because we like it, but because it is the only path to innovation. The chunky sweater day is more likely to be a chunky sweater winter. But our parents and grandparents were no different.

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