Our response to Covid-19
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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.

Marleen Vanhecke
Head of Communication & Reputation Elia Group
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