High-voltage grid in Limburg and North Brabant full, stop for new companies | NOW

The high-voltage grid in Limburg and North Brabant is “almost at maximum capacity”. Minister Rob Jetten (Climate and Energy) wrote this in a letter to the House of Representatives on Wednesday. As a result, new companies cannot be connected to TenneT’s electricity grid for the time being. The provinces called the decision “unacceptable”.

It is not yet clear how long the stop will last. For the time being, there are no consequences for households, according to Jetten.

In recent months, more than 800 megawatts of new requests have been added in North Brabant and Limburg. According to Jetten, that is comparable to four times the capital of the city of Den Bosch.

Jetten speaks of “very unfortunate news” with major consequences. Even companies that want to use more power will not be able to do so in these regions for the time being.

Problems on the power grid before

There had been problems with the power grid before, for example in Amsterdam, but never before had such a major intervention been necessary. In his letter, Jetten states that this problem also affects the regional electricity grid. Concerns mainly concern energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels. The ‘blockages’ are therefore also a potential problem for the transition to green energy.

The provinces of Limburg and North Brabant respond in a press release to the energy stop and call it “unacceptable and unacceptable”. According to the provinces, the impact will be enormous. “Although residential construction does not seem to be affected by the capacity shortage on the network for the time being, facilities that require a large connection (such as supermarkets, swimming pools or schools) can no longer be connected for the supply of electricity, which threatens to deteriorate the residential environment.”

The provinces say they want to find a solution as soon as possible, for more and smarter capacity on the electricity network.

TenneT will investigate power supply and consumption

In the near future, TenneT will enter into talks with companies that are prepared “to limit the load on the grid at peak times for a fee”. An investigation into the lack of space for the power supply is currently underway, and TenneT is also having the blockage on the supply side investigated. The studies should be completed by December.

In May, the Court of Audit called on the cabinet to make clear choices about the capacity of the electricity grid. According to the agency, the climate goal of emitting 55 percent less CO2 by 2030 will otherwise become unattainable. Over the past three years, policy has taken little account of the consequences of the transition from fossil energy to green energy.