Greater energy cooperation between the Netherlands and Germany

At meetings on 31 January and 1 February 2013, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs agreed three important areas of cooperation with his German counterparts, Environment Minister Altmaier and Economic Affairs Minister Rösler. These involve joint studies into cheaper ways of stimulating renewable energy, better harmonisation of Dutch and German markets, and exchange of experiences with energy projects.

Greater cooperation to ensure cleaner energy

In terms of energy, Germany and the Netherlands are already closely connected. “That does not mean that we cannot further strengthen our cooperation. We can still learn a great deal from each other,” said Minister Kamp. “Greater cooperation means cleaner energy at lower cost. This ultimately benefits the Dutch consumer.”
Germany has more experience in generating renewable energy than the Netherlands. At the same time, German energy policy means there is sometimes a surplus of renewable energy. The green energy exported to the Netherlands can result in production stoppages in power plants here.

Sharing experiences

Both countries will now study more economical ways of stimulating renewable energy and improving harmonisation in this respect. Studies will also be carried out into how Dutch power plants can be utilised if there is a shortage of energy in Germany due to insufficient wind or solar power. The Netherlands and Germany will also exchange experiences of laying energy grids. For example, Germany has substantial experience in involving members of the public in setting up grids. The Netherlands has considerably reduced the time taken to realise major projects by streamlining procedures and regulations.

Minister Kamp agreed to meet his colleagues again in the spring to discuss energy cooperation. Specific proposals will then be discussed that will lead to cleaner energy at lower costs.