Federal Development Plan 2010-2020

Elia is anticipating the future of the electricity market and planning investments for its network.

Development plan 2010-2020 (in French) (PDF)

Find out more about the 2010-2020 Development Plan on the Federal Development Plan page and the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out in this connection.

Download the previous versions of the Federal Invesment plan on the 'Publications' page, section 'Federal development plans'.

Objectives

In its Federal Development Plan, Elia defines its planned investment projects for the 380-150 kV network. It aims to implement the measures needed to ensure the high-voltage network can meet future requirements in terms of security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness.
The Plan, which is submitted to the Minister for Energy for approval, is accompanied by an environmental impact assessment and open to broad public consultation.

Elia's latest Plan covers the period from 2010 to 2020 and focuses on three key issues:

  1. network reliability;
  2. economic effectiveness;
  3. the sustainable nature of the selected solutions.

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Uncertainties and scenarios

Of course, it is impossible to perfectly predict what will happen tomorrow. That is why the Development Plan sets out various scenarios, each of which explores one possible facet of the future of the electricity market in Belgium. For instance, decisions on Belgium decommissioning its nuclear facilities, growth in the generation of renewable energy and trends in generation capacity in neighbouring countries (to which we are interconnected) are all factors that can have a major impact on the development of the electricity market.

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Key concepts

The 2010-2020 Development Plan focuses on five main axes:

  • Developing interconnections
    Interconnections with neighbouring countries are essential for developing a European electricity market and for improving security of supply in Belgium and Europe.
  • Integrating renewable generation units
    Elia is developing a special strategy to optimally integrate renewable generation units into its network and contribute towards achieving Belgian and European energy and climate objectives. Integrating renewable energy implies a series of constraints that pose fresh challenges to Elia.
  • Integrating conventional (or centralised) generation units
    The development plan describes investments linked to projects to deploy new centralised production units providing additional capacity and contributing to market competition. It also factors in the replacement of some conventional units that are reaching the end of their service life with more efficient and reliable units.
  • Upgrading the network
    The network must be able to cope with consumption trends. Despite European objectives for improving energy efficiency, Elia fully expects that network upgrades will be needed. For instance, the deployment of electric cars and heat pumps could push consumption up.
  • Keeping the network in operation
    Belgium has one of the best quality of supply levels in Europe thanks to its efficient maintenance and replacement strategy. Elia uses a methodology enabling it to establish priorities in replacement projects and projects to ensure compliance with environmental standards.

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