Belgium importing more electricity

Electricity imports reached a five-year high during the first half of this year. Imports were 45 percent up compared to the same period last year. This can be explained by the fact that gas turbines have generated less power.

The report is based on statistics supplied by Synergrid, the federation of gas and electricity network suppliers. The import of electricity reached a five-year high, and accounts for 8.8 percent of total electricity consumption in Belgium.

Factories generating electricity through natural gas have been confronted with a number of restrictions and have produced less energy. The Belgian federation representing the sector warns that a higher import is not good for the Belgian economy. However, others claim that consumers can benefit from a higher import.