The Belgian transmission system is continuously in evolution, both concerning connected grid users and concerning the grid infrastructure itself. This page intends to create some insight into the grid hosting capacity that is today already reserved (or allocated) for additional grid usage of different types, as well as the remaining hosting capacity on top of those already reserved/allocated capacities.

Hosting capacity reservations and allocations

The process for connecting new grid users or reinforcing existing grid connections is governed by the Code of Conduct Electricity adopted on 20 October 2022 by CREG. The maps below give a summarized view on these hosting capacity reservations and allocations for different regions in Belgium, and for different types of usage. They cover all reserved/allocated capacities on the transmission and distribution grid, as well as a margin for low voltage connected future evolutions (which do not require a capacity reservation/allocation and are therefore assumed, by default, to be reserved when computing the remaining available hosting capacity).

It is important to note that the transmission grid allows to connect the combination of all these projects, and therefore all volumes can be considered in a cumulative way. All underlying projects, for which capacity has been reserved or allocated (but without commissioning yet) are however not realized yet, and might exhibit different stages of maturity, going from projects in a very preliminary stage to projects near completion. This therefore also means that possibly, parts of this reserved/allocated grid capacity might be liberated in the future, when specific projects are abandoned by their respective developer.

situation December 2023

To put this additional capacity into perspective, the table below summarizes the overall volume of additional reserved/allocated capacity and a margin for low voltage connected future evolutions for Belgium and compares this to the current installed capacity for reference.

  Additional capacity taken into account Current installed capacity
Demand Facilities 29,0 TWh 82,6 TWh
Onshore Wind 1,9 GW 3,3 GW
 Offshore Wind  3,5 GW 2,3 GW 
 Solar 3,3 GW   8,3 GW
Large-Scale Batteries 2,8 GW 0,2 GW

(*) For other types of production units (e.g. gas-fired power plants), the reserved/allocated capacity was also taken into account. The exact values are not shown for confidentiality reasons.

Remaining available hosting capacity

The map below gives a simplified indication of the grid hosting capacities that are still available on top of abovementioned capacity reservations/allocations/low voltage connected evolutions and is taking into account already planned grid infrastructure development. Key to note here is that these capacities – contrary to the capacity reservations – are not cumulative, and therefore reflect the situation of the transmission system known at the time of the computation of the map. Once new capacity reservations are granted in a certain region of the transmission system, this might therefore impact the remaining hosting capacities for other connection points in the same region, and even for connection points in other impacted regions. 

The reported hosting capacities take into account planned grid infrastructure development, as published through Elia’s Federal Development Plan and Regional Investment Plans, and are in line with the state of Elia’s infrastructure project portfolio known at the time of computation. Following a specific connection request, Elia will investigate and potentially plan additional grid investments to host upcoming grid users.

The reported capacities relate to the transmission and local transmission grids only, and for projects below 300 MW. Practically this means that the reported capacities give no information about connections at the distribution grid-level – for which a connection study at the relevant DSO is also required – nor at the EHV level (> 300 MW), for which more detailed location-specific analyses are required. The connections possibilities on low voltage grids (i.e. < 1 kV) are not impacted by the hosting capacities provided in this map.

This map is intended to pre-inform grid users on a first, high-level view on grid hosting capacities on top of already reserved/allocated capacities. However, when a grid user has a specific project, the existing processes regarding orientation and detailed connection studies are to be followed. Through such studies, Elia will verify several additional constraints which are not taken into account for this publication, such as spatial constraints in the substation, short-circuit current constraints, voltage constraints, etc. 

More information can be found in the FAQ. For any further questions, the grid user can contact his Key Account Manager. New grid users can contact Elia through


  • Scope: this map visualizes an approximation of the hosting capacity on the Elia grid for nominal capacities < 300 MW. 
    • Higher capacities cannot be estimated without location-specific detailed analysis through a specific orientation study.
    • The connections possibilities on low voltage grids (i.e. < 1 kV) are not impacted by the hosting capacities provided in this map. 
  • Validity: all information shown is non-binding. It is based on the best estimation of scenarios and realization of the infrastructure project portfolio known at the time of computation.
  • Uncertainty: the further in the future is the time horizon for the computed hosting capacity, the higher is the uncertainty in the hosting capacity determination due to uncertainties in the forecasting of the reference context as well as the possibility to adapt the development plans.
  • Added value of connection studies: identifying the actual hosting capacity always requires expert analysis, calculations based on the latest information and considering voltage and short-circuit power limits, stability phenomena, permits, technical feasibility, grid and topological optimizations as well as an adaptation of the development plans in common interest of society. Therefore, the final specific grid user connection proposal and thus the connection capacity could either go beyond or be more limited than the values shown on in these maps.
  • Involvement of Elia: please do not hesitate to contact Elia to discuss your grid connection needs. The sooner Elia is involved in your project, the sooner a suitable solution can be developed.
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