VermogensbegrenzerA capacity limiter is a system that restricts the electrical capacity of the electricity meter to 2,300 watts.

It is fitted at the request of the energy supplier if a customer has difficulty paying his electricity bill. This system does not exist for gas meters.

A capacity limiter always ensures a minimum continuous power supply.

 

Number of capacity limiters in Brussels

 2017 20182019
Capacity limiters as at 31/12 27 884 27 628 27 370
Number of capacity limiters fitted or replaced 18 073 16 043 14 478
- Protected customers
and consumers eligible for winter protection plan
949 383 236
- Non-protected customers
and consumers not eligible for winter protection plan
17 124 15 660 14 242
Number of capacity limiters removed 13 813 15 576 14 249

Unlike in Flanders and Wallonia, no budget meters are installed. So consumers are not left without power if they have used up their budget.