Frequently Asked Questions

How can I know if a shutdown is coming?

The operator of the high-voltage grid, Elia, closely monitors the evolution of the supply and demand of electricity, taking into account, among other things, weather forecasts. In the event of a shortage, Elia informs the ministers for Energy and Economy, who decide whether or not to warn the population and the business world.

A first warning is communicated a week in advance through various channels and the media. This way, everyone can prepare for a possible shutdown. Tips and advice can be found here.

If an effective switch-off is required, the government will confirm this one day in advance through all possible channels and the media.

If you would like to receive all warnings on your smartphone or tablet, download the Elia 4cast app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

You can check the status of the electricity grid at any time on the Elia website.