Measures to address growing problems of grid congestion and power cuts in the Netherlands

On 25 April, outgoing climate minister Rob Jetten briefed the House of Representatives on the growing problems of grid congestion and power outages in the Netherlands, especially in the FGU region (Flevoland, Gelderland, Utrecht). In his Chamber letter underlines the urgency and need to address the challenges arising from the transition to renewable electricity and the associated increasing pressure on the electricity grid.

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As experts in the energy industry, we understand the complexity of this issue. The switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is a positive development for the environment, but also brings new challenges for the stability and reliability of the electricity grid. Minister Jetten's parliamentary letter emphasises the need for cooperation between different parties, including governments, grid operators and local stakeholders. This is a crucial step to find effective solutions to grid congestion and power outages. We fully support this call for cooperation. One of the key points of the letter is the urgency to upgrade high-voltage transformer stations and shorten procedures to increase transmission capacity. It also stresses decentralisation of the energy system as a long-term solution. This requires innovative approaches and close cooperation between all parties involved. We are pleased to see detailed analyses being carried out and capacity maps being developed to provide insight into available and required transmission capacity. This will help in planning future investments and taking targeted measures to reduce grid congestion. As ICE Utility Professionals, we stand ready to offer our expertise and support to grid operators and other stakeholders in finding sustainable solutions to these challenges. Together, we can work towards a resilient and reliable energy network that is ready for the future.

Read more about the announced intervention against power grid overload:

News release

News release TenneT

Stedin news release

News release central government


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