Elia is the Belgian transmission system operator, transmitting electricity efficiently, reliably and safely from producers to distribution system operators and major industrial users. Elia is also responsible for importing and exporting electricity from and to neighboring countries. Elia owns the entire Belgian very-high-voltage grid (150 to 380 kV) and around 94% (ownership and user rights) of the Belgian high-voltage grid (30 to 70 kV). Elia's grid comprises 5,614 kilometres of overhead lines and 2,765 kilometres of underground cables, and is a key link between electricity markets in northern and southern Europe, as well as between Belgian producers and consumers. As a result of recent investment in interconnection capacity with neighbouring countries, Belgium has become one of the most open and interconnected countries in Europe. Elia has recently taken a 60% stake in 50Hertz Transmission, one of the four German regional transmission system operators.
“Elia’s joining RGI is further evidence of our commitment to the reliable, sustainable and efficient development of the European electricity market. We want to be able to integrate a constantly growing proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Therefore, we need to work hand in hand with all stakeholders in order to gain the necessary public acceptance.”