The energy sector is developing rapidly. The process of European market integration began some years ago. Its purpose is to create a single European market that enables market parties to trade gas and electricity across national borders easily and efficiently.
What does it take?
The world around us is changing rapidly. The European electricity market is becoming more integrated and there is more electricity being transmitted across borders. Pushed by governments and the general public, there is a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, and increased focus on the need for European energy independence. At the same time, energy generated locally and by individual households is replacing demand for centrally-produced power. Consumers also become producers, or ‘prosumers’.
A continuous power supply
To make sure TenneT can deliver a continuous power supply during the switch to renewable energy, we need to invest heavily in developing, reinforcing and expanding our grid in the Netherlands and Germany over the next ten years. Upgrading the grid will provide the extra capacity and flexibility we need to prevent it from being overloaded on days when there is a lot of wind, for example. We need to be able to transport energy over increasingly long distances. This is a particular challenge with wind energy, which is generated far offshore in the German North Sea, and used by high concentrations of end users hundreds of kilometres away in the south of Germany. In the Netherlands, TenneT is preparing for the construction of a high voltage grid near the Dutch North Sea coast, which will need to be supported by a strengthened grid onshore.
Increasing our grid capacity, as well as strengthening our connections to North West European countries, will help us guarantee a reliable supply of sustainable electricity in the Netherlands and abroad. Investing in our grid will also contribute to stable price levels and provide a secure, reliable supply of electricity in the long term.
We can not do this important work in isolation, so throughout all the planning stages and during construction work, we talk and listen to the views of everyone involved – e.g. local communities, politicians, NGOs and all other stakeholders.