Power limiters

Brussels-Capital Region: Information on the number of power limiters (active, connected, disconnected and being replaced) broken down according to the power of the limiter and the type of protection.

The power limiter makes it possible to restrict the electricity consumption according to 3 levels of power:

  • 1380 Watts (6 amps): These are the old power limiters installed before the adoption of the modifying decree of 2011 relating to the organisation of the electricity market. Households can request an increase to 10 amps.
  • 2300 Watts (10 amps): These are the limiters installed in case of unpaid bills and at the request of the commercial supplier.
  • 4600 Watts: This situation used to correspond to a request to increase the power of a limiter issued by the C.P.A.S. (Public Social Services Centre). The amending order of 23 July 2018 no longer provides for this measure. It is in fact replaced by the simple removal of the limiter.

Three categories of residential customers struggling to pay their bills are affected by the installation of a power limiter:

  • Protected customers: Protected customer status is a protection system set up for residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills. This protection allows households experiencing payment difficulties to avoid the power cut that is requested by their supplier. Moreover, during the term of protection, they benefit from a lower energy price called the special social tariff. This tariff is lower than the tariffs charged by commercial suppliers.

  • Winter truce customers: A residential customer cannot be disconnected between 1 October and 31 March, even if the disconnection is authorised by a judge of the peace. This means that, if a commercial supplier or the supplier of last resort obtains the legal termination of the contract binding it to its customer during this period, Sibelga must ensure continuity of the supply at the special social rate until 31 March, the end of the winter truce. These customers are accounted for together with "protected customers".

  • Unprotected customers: They do not benefit from any protection against the disconnection of their energy supply, unlike the two above-mentioned categories.

There are 4 types of labels: - The "active" label refers to supply points with a power limiter that is in operation on the last day of the month.

  • The "connected" and "disconnected” labels: A power limiter is considered to be "connected" if it is in operation (active) at the point of supply, whereas for the previous period no limiter was active at this point of supply. Conversely, a limiter is considered to be "disconnected" if a limiter is no longer in operation (no longer active) at the point of supply, whereas for the previous period a limiter was active at this same point of supply.

  • The "replacement ...” label should be read in conjunction with the "power limiter" field. Thus a limiter with a power of 1.38 kVA under the "replacement ..." field is replaced by a 2.3 kVA or 4.6 kVA power limiter as indicated under the "power limiter" field.

For the "active" label an image is taken on the last day of the month. For the "connected”, "disconnected" and "replacement ...” labels, movement accounting is carried out over a period running from the 1st to the last day of the month in question.

Data are provided by Sibelga. The data reported may differ from one report to another. This is the result of the process of rectification used by players in the energy sector in order to improve the quality of the data.

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    License Brussels OpenData License
    Organization Brussels energy regulator
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    Metadata creation date 2017-11-29
    Last update 2018-04-20
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