Bavaria stands to benefit from Dutch energy expertise

By making use of Dutch knowledge and expertise in the field of energy, Bavaria can avoid becoming wholly dependent on energy from northern Germany and other neighbouring countries. This presents opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs who can market their experience and know-how to parties in Bavaria.

Opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs

Minister Verhagen of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation highlighted these opportunities during an energy summit in Munich on Wednesday, 10 October 2012. "The Netherlands used to be largely dependent on neighbouring countries for its energy," the minister explained. "Bavaria stands to benefit from Dutch knowledge and expertise in this area and that, in turn, presents opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs."

Partnerships

Ten years ago, nearly 20% of Dutch electricity came from Germany, Belgium, and France. Since then, the Netherlands has worked hard to ensure a reliable, secure, and affordable energy supply. Key components of the Dutch approach include seeking out partnerships with electric companies and grid managers, as well as utilising expertise in the exploitation, storage, and transport of natural gas.

Expanding sustainable energy

With its Energiewende, Germany aims to expand its supply of sustainable energy. For Bavaria, this means closing a number of nuclear plants and depending on, for example, wind turbines in northern Germany. Dutch experience and know-how regarding high-grade electricity grids can help Bavaria to reduce dependence on these other sources.