Process

To gain access to our grid (i.e. to have the right to make injections or offtakes of energy), the grid user must sign a standard access contract.

What is an access contract?

An access point is an electricity injection or offtake point.

The authorised level of capacity that can be injected into or taken off the grid at any location via an access point is laid down in an access contract.

The access contract is a framework agreement that may refer to one or more access points and is signed by an access holder. The access holder is the energy market player that holds the rights to make injections and offtakes of energy passing through any access point on the Elia grid.

List of access points

How to sign an access contract

Before an access contract can be signed, an application for access must be submitted to Elia.

To request access, the requesting party should complete the forms listed below (Appendices 1 to 3 of the contract required; Appendices 3bis A to 14bis of the contract if needed) and send them to Elia's Customers Support & Services department:

These forms must reach Elia at least one month before the desired start date of the access contract.

The access contract between Elia and the access holder may be signed by the grid user directly or by a third party appointed by the grid user (e.g. a supplier or ARP). This signatory is known as the access holder.

The contract sets out the access-related rights and obligations of Elia and the customer or the third party designated by the customer):

  • the fee for use of the Elia grid (access tariffs);
  • the fees (connection tariffs) for connecting any injection and offtake points in the contract for which a connection contract has not yet been signed with Elia.

Throughout the duration of the contract, the access holder is entitled to:

  • add access points to the contract (switching);
  • change supplier (changing ARP);
  • change ARP (changing ARP);
  • designate more than one ARP per access point, where this is permitted by law (shared supply/block supply).