Elia is investing in the future of the Belgian high-voltage grid. Via the high-voltage grid, Elia transmits electricity from power generators to large industrial consumers and to distribution networks, which can then convey it to consumers (households, businesses, etc.).
The map below gives an overview of Elia’s most important grid upgrade and development projects. Click on each project for more information.
Why these grid projects?
Elia wants to be ready to meet tomorrow’s energy needs. Its three key objectives in this regard are:
- safeguarding security of supply;
- integrating renewable energy;
- enhancing market development.
Building new infrastructure to guarantee security of supply
Ensuring security of supply is a major challenge for the years ahead. The ageing of conventional power generation facilities, the withdrawal from nuclear energy and the integration of renewable energy sources are bringing about a fundamental change to the way in which energy is supplied in Europe. New renewable generation units (offshore wind farms) are located further from towns and cities and decentralised generation (photovoltaic, biomass, etc.) is developing fast. These factors are having an impact on transmission system operation. In addition, our energy needs are increasing all the time. To ensure that energy fluxes can be integrated more effectively and extensively, we need to adapt the transmission system to this new situation.
Integrating renewable energy
The variable and intermittent nature of renewable energy sources requires our electricity system to be more flexible. Since this generation takes priority over other generation sources, connecting it to a larger market is essential to ensure that the energy can be made available wherever and whenever it is needed.
Enhancing market development
Increasing transmission capacity between countries will create added economic value for the community. Electricity markets will become more competitive and extend across borders, which will have a positive effect on electricity prices in Europe. By investing in new infrastructure and boosting transmission capacity at the borders, we can create a competitive and integrated European energy market and enable energy exchanges between countries.