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

 20162017 2018
Capacity limiters as at 31/12 24 829 27 884 27 628
Number of capacity limiters fitted or replaced 15 271 18 073 16 043
- Protected customers
and consumers eligible for winter protection plan
649 949 383
- Non-protected customers
and consumers not eligible for winter protection plan
14 622 17 124 15 660
Number of capacity limiters removed 11 373 13 813 15 576

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