Electricity makes quite a journey to get to our homes…
Electricity is generated by a producer, in Belgium or abroad, who has power stations or generation units. These could be nuclear, coal-fired or gas-fired power stations, wind turbines, solar panels, hydroelectric plants, biomass plants, etc.
This electricity is then purchased by a supplier, who sells it on to customers with whom it has concluded a supply contract. Customers may be private individuals or companies.
Electricity needs to be transmitted from producers to customers – and this is where the system operators come in. They are:
the distribution system operators, like Eandis, Infrax, Ores, Reva, and Sibelga, who transmit electricity to private individuals, institutions, SMEs, and so on.
The electricity is delivered to the end consumer. These days, consumers may also generate small amounts of electricity – for instance, if a private individual has solar panels.