Report by Elia to the federal government on power supply security in Belgium


04-02-2014

The core cabinet of Belgium's federal government called on Elia to submit biannual reports on progress made regarding the ongoing development of interconnection capacity and demand management.

On 5 July 2013, as part of the efforts to guarantee the security of the power supply in Belgium at the lowest possible cost, the core cabinet of Belgium's federal government called on Elia to submit biannual reports on progress made regarding the ongoing development of interconnection capacity and demand management.

Elia shares the federal government's concerns about guaranteeing the security of supply in Belgium, especially in light of announcements about the partial or definitive closure of conventional generation units in Belgium. It is indeed crucial that Belgium should have sufficiently extensive and reliable national generating facilities. In this regard, the development of both demand management and interconnection capacity should be viewed as key to maintaining a smoothly functioning electricity market and should rather be regarded as a complement and not a substitute for nationally anchored generating capacity.

In any case, Elia is very active on both fronts, breaking down barriers and entering into new collaborations. Elia's first biannual report, submitted on 20 December, briefed the federal government on recent developments, detailing the current situation and, where possible, it anticipated future developments. For reasons of confidentiality, some sensitive information and figures were omitted from the report and replaced by [Confidential Information]. However, even without that information readers can gain a clear overview of the present situation and of the initiatives that have been taken. Note as well that the figures (budgets, volumes,...) mentioned in this report are to be considered as indicative as they reflect estimations and/or the situation at the moment of the sending of the report. They can as such evolve in line with the development of individual projects and current products.

  • Click here to read the report, which is currently available in a mixture of French and Dutch, although a full version in each of those languages is currently being prepared and will be published shortly.