Green electricity overpowers nuclear energy
Last year, Flanders delivered much more green electricity to its end users. Besides, the Flemish production was more significant than ever. According to figures from the Flemish energy regulator, Vreg, it went up from almost 32% to 44,5%, at the expense of nuclear energy (31% against 47% in 2017).
Top three suppliers
The substantial increase of green electricity is welcomed after years of stagnation (around 30%). The local green electricity was produced by biomass, wind, and biogas. In spite of the increase of Flemish green electricity, more than three-quarters of renewable energy comes from outside Flanders. The top three of the suppliers are France, Norway, and Iceland.
The share of green electricity deliveries of the Flemish energy suppliers differs significantly. Engie, the most important supplier, has 20%, EDF Luminus 40%. Belgium is, at the same time, one of the most important investors in green electricity.
Record level of solar energy
One-tenth of the electricity we used in July was solar energy. A record, according to energy provider Eneco, thanks to the numerous solar panels in Flanders. Without the recent heatwave, production would have been even higher. “When solar panels heat up too much, the output is lower,” Eneco explains. “On the hottest days (+40°C), about 6% of solar energy was lost.