The Power Grid

Our energy bill comprises several components, including the price of energy, levies, taxes and grid charges.
The energy sector has several players here, which includes SGC:

On the one hand, the electricity producers who are responsible for generating electricity, and this is done through various sources, including nuclear, solar, hydro and wind turbines. On the other hand, gas producers who import gas from foreign sources which they transport via pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG). The major infrastructure player is Fluxys.

Electricity itself is transmitted via high-voltage lines by transmission system operator Elia, which operates an extensive network of high-voltage connections and substations. The capacity of the electricity grid is constantly being expanded to meet rising demand.

In turn, distribution system operator Fluvius ensures that electricity and gas are transformed from the high-voltage and gas pipelines to deliver them to people’s homes.

This is where we come in. As the only Belgian manufacturer, we produce medium voltage switchgear from 3 kV to 36 kV, for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Finally, there are the energy watchdogs CREG and VREG. They monitor compliance with rules in the energy sector and ensure transparency and fair practices.

In short, the energy bill is the result of the price of energy and consumption, and the energy sector has several parties contributing to the supply of electricity and gas, from producers to transmission and distribution system operators. It is a complex issue with many aspects.

Be sure to watch VRT’s broadcast #weetikveel about the Energy Bill and watch our cells shine in minute 24!