Electricity production and consumption

  • Electricity production returns to pre-2014 levels

    In 2017, electricity production in the Flemish Region amounted to almost 49,500 gigawatt hours (GWh). Following a decline in 2014 and 2015 due to the shutdown of several nuclear power plants, production is once again at pre-2014 levels.  

    Flemish electricity consumption has been fluctuating around 55,000 GWh in the last years. In 2017 it was 55,100 GWh. 

    Consumption has exceeded production on the Flemish territory since 2012. This is why there are net imports of electricity from other regions or from abroad. The amount of net imports varies considerably from year to year. Domestic production was lowest in 2014-2015, resulting in the highest share of net imports. 

  • Conventional fuels and nuclear energy main sources of production

    Conventional fuels and nuclear energy were the main sources of production in 2017. They accounted respectively for 47% and 44% of total Flemish electricity production. Wind, water and sun together accounted for 9% of production. 

    Compared to 2016, the share of nuclear power has dropped (from 47% to 44%). The share of conventional fuels (from 46% to 47%) and wind, water and sun (from 8% to 9%) both increased lightly. 


Gigawatt-hour (GWh): a unit of electrical energy equal to 1,000,000,000 watt-hours. 

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27 June 2019

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May 2019

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