Belgium’s electricity consumption drops by 15%
According to Elia, Belgium’s electricity transport system operator, the government-issued lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak has caused a drop of 10 to 15% in the country’s electricity consumption. Elia ensures that the drop was anticipated, and the network’s balance is still guaranteed.
Ever since all Belgians are encouraged to stay home, the country is consuming less electricity. That is what comes out of Elia’s observations. The high-tension electricity transport system operator noted a two-step drop in consumption.
Elia first noted a 5 to 10% drop in electricity consumption at the beginning of March, which coincides with the government announcing the closing of schools, bars, and restaurants.
Since March 17, however, the reduction has increased to 10 to 15%. “The measures currently taken by the government to combat the spread of the coronavirus epidemic are having perceptible effects on the consumption of electricity in Belgium.”
“The progressive limitation of activities is driving consumption down. We can be reassured about the balance of the electrical system because the drop in charge can be anticipated. Also, the adjustment margins to balance the system both downward and upward are sufficient,” writes the company in a press release.