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Energy shortage contingency plan

Important announcement

If a principal municipality is not included in the list, that means that in principle said municipality is not included in the energy shortage contingency plan.

Citizens and authorities have questions about the security of their energy supply during the cold winter period. Various press reports about potential blackouts and forced disconnections have increased their concerns.

An electricity shortage occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of energy used and the amount of energy generated.

To redress this imbalance, the federal authorities and transmission network operator Elia have a number of measures at their disposal; from increasing the awareness of consumers to activating the energy shortage contingency plan.

This plan divides the country in 6 sections. Each section represents 500 MW which can be switched off to reduce consumption. The various sections are spread across the various provinces and regions of Belgium. If there is an energy shortage and the measures to reduce consumption are proving to be insufficient, the first section will be disconnected. This ensures that the stability of the network at large is not endangered. If this turns out to be insufficient as well, a second section may be disconnected. A disconnection lasts for a maximum of 2 to 3 hours. If another disconnection is required at a later time, other sections will be disconnected first. This rotation system prevents that the same people are affected each time. In principle we will first disconnect section 6, followed by section 5, etc. In the event of an energy shortage each section is disconnected in turn, so as not always to deprive the same consumers of power. 

Shortage plan: list of principal municipalities and street names

The list of principal municipalities and street names in the operating area of Eandis which are included in the shortage plan, are shown below. There is no list of boroughs.

The list with street names in each municipality indicates where the power may be disconnected. The energy flows managed by the distribution network evolve continuously. This means that the electricity reaching the network users is not always originating from the same cabin or starting point. The distribution network operators are therefore unable to determine beforehand exactly and with certainty whether or not there will be any power in any given street during a disconnection, as this depends on the way in which the networks are connected and whether or not a cabin/starting point remains in service at that time.

The information provided (the list, principal municipalities and streets for each section) is therefore indicative as it is a snapshot which evolves subject to changes taking place in the network infrastructure. Consequently, the distribution network operators reject any liability for the indicative information provided by them.

Disconnection plans for each province: (lists of street names for each municipality – available in Dutch)

Province of Antwerp

Province of East Flanders

Province of Flemish Brabant

Province of West Flanders

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Eandis is in any case cooperating to guarantee maximum security of the electricity and gas supply without endangering the safety of the infrastructure. This is done via a coordinated approach with the federal, regional and provincial authorities and the transmission network operators.

All procedures, responsibilities, communication plans and emergency plans are harmonised as much as possible.

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