To meet the growing demand for electricity in the Netherlands and surrounding countries, the Government is facilitating the installation of new large-scale electricity power generation plants and high-voltage cables.
The Netherlands is also working with Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany on an integrated North-West European electricity market.
Power plants in the Netherlands
There are dozens of large-scale power stations in the Netherlands producing electricity from gas, coal or nuclear energy. In 2010 these power stations produced a total of 75,824 million kilowatt hours (kWH).
Security of supply and delivery
End users, consumers and companies must be able to rely on adequate availability of electricity (security of supply) and be sure that they can receive it from the electricity network (security of delivery). To guarantee this the Government has opted for the following approach:
- Establishment of new power stations and high-voltage connections;
- Expansion, management and maintenance of the existing electricity network;
- International linking of electricity markets.
The Government is working with Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany on an integrated North-West European electricity market. The connection between the electricity networks will ensure more stable prices and greater security of delivery.
Pentalateral energy forum
The Pentalateral energy forum brings together governments, supervisory bodies, stock exchanges and network system operators from Benelux, Germany, France and Austria to work on further integration of the North-West European energy market. Closer integration should promote international trade and better use of international electricity connections. This in turn can increase competition and drive down electricity prices.
High voltage links with Norway and Great Britain
The NorNed-cable was taken into use in 2008. This high voltage cable runs 580 kilometres from Eemshaven in the Netherlands across the bed of the North Sea to Feda in Norway. The undersea electricity cable between Great Britain and the Netherlands, the "BritNed" came into use in May 2011.
Research into potential link between Denmark and the Netherlands
TenneT, the operator of the Dutch high voltage network, and Danish operator Energinet.dk are investigating the feasibility of an undersea electricity cable between the Netherlands and Denmark. If this cable is laid, the Netherlands will have access to more sustainable energy and Denmark to fossil fuel.