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

 201520162017
Capacity limiters as at 31/12 21 085 24 829 27 884
Number of capacity limiters fitted or replaced 11 742 15 271 18 073
- Protected customers
and consumers eligible for winter protection plan
742 649 949
- Non-protected customers
and consumers not eligible for winter protection plan
11 000 14 622 17 124
Number of capacity limiters removed 10 109 11 373 13 813

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