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Risk of power cuts

After the extended shutdown of several nuclear reactors, the risk of electricity shortage (in other words, an imbalance between electricity supply and demand) cannot be ruled out during the next winter.

The situation is better than during winter 2014/2015, thanks to an increase of the strategic reserve that can be activated on the request of ELIA in case of an important imbalance between the electricity production and the general consumption of the country.

However, Belgium will still remain dependent on electricity import capacities from our immediate neighbours. During intense cold periods in these countries, this import capacity can be reduced.