Energy production

ENGIE has local, diversified and flexible production facilities in Belgium with one of the lowest CO2-emission levels in Europe. ENGIE is also the largest green energy producer in Belgium, with installed capacity of 657 MW*. The electricity is produced in Belgium, close to the end-user, at around 85 locations and with approximately 200 large and small production units. This diversification enables optimal utilisation of the complementarity between technologies, using them to their best advantage, and inhibiting their disadvantages, with a view to ensuring a constant, uninterrupted electricity supply for our customers, irrespective of the conditions.

The balanced energy mix is a key element in our strategy. It is the obvious answer to the various challenges with respect to the environment, economy and energy:

•    Supplying and delivering energy at competitive prices
•    Providing a stable electricity supply, irrespective of weather conditions
•    Limiting CO2-emissions
•    Compensating for the fluctuating availability of some green technologies (wind turbines only run when it’s windy; solar panels only provide energy when the sun shines). 

ENGIE aims to strengthen its position as the largest green energy producer and continue to invest in renewable energy. ENGIE wishes to further expand its wind capacity and realise 1,000 MW by 2030. When it comes to solar power, ENGIE aims to have installed 60 MW by the end of 2020 and 75 MW by the end of 2021.

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Wind power

ENGIE, as the largest green energy producer, has substantial ambitions with respect to wind energy. By 2030, ENGIE aims to have expanded to 1,000 MW of wind energy on land. In 2015, the business announced its ambition to realise 550 MW of wind capacity by the end of 2020. Today, the company already has wind capacity of 372 MW, 100 MW is under construction, and ENGIE has received a permit for another 80 MW. This wind capacity will equate to an annual production of 1 billion kilowatt hours per year by the end of 2020, or enough power to support 330,000 families. CO2 emissions will also have been reduced by 484,000 tons.
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Gas
Natural gas is the second largest energy source in our generation facilities (nuclear power takes the top spot). This fuel is used to power our combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants as well as our cogeneration units. We offer cogeneration services to our industrial customers who need heat for their working processes.
Biomass
Biomass power plants are one of our sources of green electricity.
Solar energy
As the largest green power producer in Belgium, with installed capacity of 732 MW, ENGIE aims to take the lead in the transition to a zero-carbon future. The business is helping its private customers, businesses and local governments make the transition to a zero-carbon future easily and in a cost-effective manner. The broad range of services focusing on the installation of solar panels for private individuals and businesses is a clear expression of this ambition.
Nuclear energy
Electrabel is one of the pioneers of nuclear energy in Belgium. Its diverse production area encompasses 7 nuclear reactors: 4 in Doel and 3 in Tihange, offering an overall capacity of almost 6,000 MW. These nuclear sites employ 2,000 staff and their production covers around 50% of electricity consumption in Belgium.
Hydroelectricity
ENGIE Electrabel operates 3 types of power plants that run on water: pumped-storage power stations (Coo), small run-of-river and dam hydroelectric power plants