27 March 2020
UPDATE | Electricity consumption in Belgium continues to fall. Down 16% on average compared to early March, and even dropping 25% at times.
- The gradual restriction on activities in Belgium to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is leading to a further downturn in electricity consumption.
Electricity consumption is down 16%, on average, compared to the first week of March, and at times down as much as 25%. The drop is slightly more pronounced among consumers connected to the distribution grid (17%) compared to Elia’s 149 industrial customers (14%) connected directly to the high voltage grid.
- The impact of anti-coronavirus measures on electricity consumption is even more pronounced.
- The drop can be seen among industrial consumers (14%) and other consumers (17%).
- The average price per megawatt hour (MWh) on the short-term market has hit an all-time low.
- Grid stability and security of supply are maintained.