Belgian renewable energy production up 20%
Electricity production through solar panels and windmills grew 20% in Belgium in 2019. The jump from 9,7 TWh in 2018 to 11,5 TWh in 2019 is mostly due to wind energy. Those are the results published by the Regulating Commission for Electricity and Gaz (CREG).
Solar and wind energy installations represented 16% of the total electricity production in Belgium. With 3,5 TWh(up only 0,1 TWh) solar panels represented 30% of this, the 8,0 TWh of wind energy (especially at sea) was good for 70%.
Nuclear still king
Of the total electricity production in Belgium in 2019, 56% was still nuclear, totaling 47 TWh. This is 20 TWh more than in 2018 when a lot of nuclear powerplants were closed for several months because of technical problems. The gas power plants produced 20,4 TWh last year, accounting for 28% of total production.
The CREG sees a tendency, also on the European level, to reduce CO2 emissions while producing electricity. In Belgium, these emissions have halved since 1990.
This can be explained by the gradual disappearance of coal power plants. They had completely disappeared in 2016. A second reason is the rise of sustainable electricity production in the total energy mix.