Liander publishes updated overview network congestion points

Network operator Liander published an updated overview of the network congestion points. These are locations where currently only limited capacity is available. These areas are the basis for the transport indication that is required when applying for the SDE+ Autumn subsidy round.

The Dutch network system is not equipped to reply to the increasing capacity demand from energy-intensive industries like solar farms, data centers and the greenhouse sector. Liander has seen the demand for large connections increase 7 times over the past few years. As a result, at several locations there are limitations set for additional capacity demand or feed-in from large-scale consumers.

Liander is now expanding the electricity network around these congestion points and also at locations where future congestion is expected. The network operator is also looking into more efficient use of existing cables and installations by means of smart solutions.

Network expansion
The expansion of the network capacity is however a timeconsuming activity, partly due to the long permit process and procedures. There is also a chronic shortage of qualified engineers. In addition, the large implementaion of smart solutions requires amendments in current rules and legislation.

Liander has looked into the possibilities of a temporary congestion management system to facilitate addition capacity or feed-in until the network system has been upgraded. Research has shown that this is not possible most of the times.

Network company Alliander already expressed that a more national orientated masterplan is needed for the energy infrastructure sector whereby all parties involved jointly coordinate the energy transition and whereby decisions are made based more on priority and sequencing of activities.

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