The nationwide grid operator TenneT is on the lookout for events in Limburg and Brabant who can flexibly deal with their electrical energy provide and demand. This exploration is a part of a so-called congestion examine that the grid operator is at present conducting with a purpose to use the busy electrical energy grid in these two provinces much more intensively.
In Brabant and Limburg, there’s a quickly rising demand for further capability on the electrical energy grid, notably because of the arrival of many photo voltaic parks. The quantity of electrical energy generated by these is larger than the electrical energy grid can at present deal with. Loads of investments are being made in each areas to strengthen and broaden the grid, however these take a very long time. TenneT subsequently introduced final yr a brief halt to new connections and on the identical time started investigating prospects for utilizing the prevailing grid extra intensively.
Flexibility to create more room on the grid
On this so-called congestion examine, TenneT explores whether or not clients related to the electrical energy grid can flexibly deal with their provide or demand in trade for a charge. Which means that, within the occasion of an imminent overload, the grid operator will ask these events to briefly provide much less to the grid or to buy extra. The usage of flexibility at peak instances creates more room on the grid to attach new events.
TenneT has drawn up a questionnaire for the Brabant and Limburg area, which potential suppliers can use to point to what extent they’ll provide flexibility. These might be both events which might be immediately related to the high-voltage grid or events which might be related to the regional grid of Enexis. TenneT will examine the enter from potential suppliers in additional element and incorporate it into its congestion administration examine. The outcomes of the examine are anticipated earlier than the summer time.
New rules within the pipeline
The examine in Brabant and Limburg suits in with a brand new improvement that’s at present being labored on throughout the vitality sector. Regulator ACM will publish new guidelines in the midst of 2022, through which that is additional elaborated. The congestion examine in Brabant and Limburg might be carried out in anticipation of those new guidelines and rules.
Two billion for investments in Brabant and Limburg
The usage of flexibility is without doubt one of the measures to speed up the creation of extra connection area to the grid. In Brabant and Limburg, using the “vluchtstrook” of the electrical energy grid to attach extra sustainable initiatives can be being thought of. As well as, Brabant and Limburg are working exhausting to bolster the high-voltage grid. Further connections and high-voltage substations are being constructed and the grid is being upgraded to facilitate all sustainable initiatives. TenneT will make investments over two billion euros on this in the course of the subsequent ten years.
Comparable research in different areas
TenneT expects that flexibility could make a major contribution to the extra intensive use of the electrical energy grid and thus to the accelerated provision of further connection capability. Within the close to future, consultations may also start much like these in Friesland, Flevoland, Utrecht and Gelderland, the place grid capability can be restricted because of fast developments ensuing from the vitality transition. A examine has already been accomplished in Zeeland, the place preparations are being made for the longer term use of flexibility within the occasion of scarce community capability.