Electricity production

Generation facilities

In accordance with article 4 of the Law of 29 April 1999 on the organisation of the electricity market, an individual licence issued by the Energy Minister and proposed by the Commission de Régulation de l’Electricité et du Gaz (CREG, Electricity and Gas Regulation Commission), must be obtained for:

  • the establishment of a new generation facility with an available net power in excess of 25 megawatts;
  • conversions or other developments of existing generation facilities if these conversions or developments result in a rise of either 10% of the available net power of the facility or 25 megawatts.

The establishment of new generation facilities with an available net power that is less than or equal to 25 megawatts is exempt from licensing, but must be accompanied by a declaration sent to the CREG and the Energy Minister stating the available net power and the location of the facility

The procedure and the criteria for awarding licences are set down in the Royal Decree of 11 October 2000 relating to the granting of individual licences covering the establishment of generation facilities (MB 1 November 2000). Licence applications should be sent to the Directorate-General Energy:

Directorate-General Energy
Service Autorisations et Nouvelles Technologies
North Gate - Office 4A33
ATTN.: Mr. Claude Adams, Conseiller général
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 16
1000 Brussels.

State licences in the North Sea

Pursuant to article 6 of the Law of 29 April 1999, the construction and operation of generation facilities using water, currents or wind in ocean spaces over which Belgium has jurisdiction, in accordance with international maritime law, is subject to state licensing issued by the Energy Minister and proposed by CREG.

The criteria used for selection and licensing and the procedure for issuing state licences are defined by the Royal Decree of 20 December 2000 on the conditions and procedure for granting state licences for the construction and operation of generation facilities using water, currents or wind in ocean spaces over which Belgium has jurisdiction, in accordance with international maritime law (MB 30 December 2000). State licence applications should be sent to the Directorate-General Energy:

Directorate-General Energy
Service Autorisations et Nouvelles Technologies
North Gate - Office 4A33
ATTN.: Mr. Claude Adams, Conseiller général
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 16
1000 Brussels.

Regulation

  • Arrêté royal du 11 octobre 2000 relatif à l’octroi des autorisations individuelles couvrant l’établissement d’installations de production d’électricité (MB 01.11.2000)
  • Arrêté royal du 20 décembre 2000 relatif aux conditions et la procédure d’octroi des concessions domaniales pour la construction et l’exploitation d’installations de production d’électricité à partir de l’eau, des courants ou des vents, dans les espaces marins sur lesquels la Belgique peut exercer sa juridiction conformément au droit maritime international
  • Loi du 29 avril 1999 relative à l'organisation du marché de l'électricité (MB du 11.05.1999)

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