AWith 18.6% of the energy production supplied by onshore and offshore wind capacities accompanied by photovoltaics, the Belgian energy mix recorded in 2020 the largest portion ever reached by renewable energy, reports L’Echo Thursday, citing Elia, the manager. of the Belgian electricity transmission network.
The Belgian renewable production record in 2020 represents an increase of 31% for wind power and photovoltaics.
The reasons given by Elia are multiple. First, the hot and windy weather conditions were particularly favorable to renewables. Then, the historically low prices on the short-term electricity markets, driven by the global pandemic, have also contributed to the edifice. But above all, Elia notes that many renewable projects have been successful, allowing the commissioning of several additional production capacities last year. More specifically, installed renewable capacities climbed from 3.8 GW at the end of 2019 to 4.7 GW at the end of 2020 for wind power and from 3.9 GW at the end of 2019 to 4.8 GW at the end of 2020 for photovoltaics. At the same time, Elia notes a decrease in nuclear production, from 48.8% in 2019 to 39.1% in 2020.
Finally, it should be noted that electricity consumption has fallen by nearly 7% compared to the average for the last five years. Here, in addition to the effects of the health crisis, the temperature records recorded in the territory may explain this decline.