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Luminus (former names: Société productrice d'électricité, SPE, SPE-Luminus, and EDF Luminus) is the second largest electricity producer and energy supplier on the Belgian energy market. Its main shareholder is Électricité de France with a 68.6% stake.[1]

Luminus
IndustryElectricity
PredecessorEDF Luminus
Headquarters,
Key people
Grégoire Dallemagne (CEO)
ProductsElectrical power
Natural gas
ServicesElectricity distribution
Number of employees
1,000
ParentÉlectricité de France
Websitewww.luminus.be
EDF Luminus main office in Brussels

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HistoryEdit

The company was established as municipalities joint utility Société productrice d'électricité (SPE) in 1978.[2] In July 2008 Centrica acquired its majority stake in SPE by buying out Gaz de France.[3] In 2009, Centrica sold its shares to EDF.[4][5] In September 2010, SPE Luminus as a subsidiary of EDF, took over the sales activities of EDF Belgium.[6] Grégoire Dallemagne took up office as CEO on 1 September 2011.[7] On 23 November 2011, the company was renamed EDF Luminus to become Luminus in April 2019.[8]

OperationsEdit

Luminus sells electricity and gas to 1.8 million private and professional customers, bringing its commercial market share to more than 20%.[9] The company has approximately 2,000 employees.[10] With an installed generation capacity of 2,090 MW, the company accounts for 14% of the national electricity generation.

Luminus owns gas-fired power plants (both CCGT and classic thermal power), wind farms and hydraulic power stations on various sites in Wallonia and Flanders.[10] The company also owns stakes in nuclear plants.[11] It operates CCGT plants at Angleur, Ghent-Ringvaart and Seraing, and classic thermal plants in Angleur, Gent-Ham, Izegem and Monsin.[12] Until March 2012, Luminus also exploited a classic thermal plant in Harelbeke.[13] Luminus' seven hydroelectric power plants are located on Meuse and Sambre rivers.[14] The company is Belgium's #1 in terms of onshore wind energy (189 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 448 MW.[15][16]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nuclear a pawn in Belgian politics". World Nuclear News. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Elia Background". Elia. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  3. ^ Bream, Rebecca; Shelley, Toby (23 July 2008). "Centrica takes control of Belgium's SPE". Financial Times. (subscription required). Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  4. ^ "EDF wins approval for UK's Centrica, Belgium's SPE deals". Power Engineering. PennWell Corporation. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  5. ^ "EDF to buy out three shareholders of Belgium's SPE-Luminus". Reuters. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  6. ^ "SPE-Luminus takes on EDF Belgium sales". Utility Week. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  7. ^ "New CEO at SPE-Luminus" (Press release). EDF Luminus. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  8. ^ "EDF Luminus devient Luminus et réaffirme son engagement dans la transition énergétique". Luminus Press Release. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  9. ^ Du Bois, Frédéric. "Liberalisation of the Belgian energy market: where has the power gone?". 4P square Corporate NV/SA. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Customer Story: EDF". MECOMS. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Luminus" (in French). Nuclear Forum. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Thermal Power Plants". Luminus. Retrieved 14 March 2012.[unreliable source?]
  13. ^ "Elektriciteitscentrale Harelbeke sluit na 40 jaar de deuren" [Power plant in Harelbeke closes its doors after 40 years] (in Dutch). Knack News. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Hydroelectric power plants". Luminus. Retrieved 14 March 2012.[unreliable source?]
  15. ^ "Wind farms". EDF Luminus. Retrieved 14 March 2012.[unreliable source?]
  16. ^ "Luminus koopt drie windmolens" [Luminus buys three windmills]. De Tijd (in Dutch). 8 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.

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