It’s a big problem with the energy transition: the power grid can’t handle the massive increase in (green) electricity. The solution? Giving the province more room to come up with solutions, says Brabant deputy Christoph van der Mat (VVD).
An error occurs regularly: solar panels that shut down automatically because the amount of energy is too large for the power grid.
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“In Nijmegen, Leeuwarden, Zaanstad and Amsterdam, among others, new connections to the power grid are almost no longer possible without a queue,” a spokesperson for grid operator Alliander previously explained to EenVandaag.
MP Van der Maat is also concerned, especially for companies. “I don’t think the people in the family need to worry. Realizing the climate plans – so connect wind turbines or solar parks – there will be a mismatch because the power grid can’t handle it.”
We are already talking about new climate ambitions, while the implementation of current ones is still not sufficiently regulated.
“Implementation of climate plans, on the way to 2030, will lead to major problems. It is a major thunderstorm on making our economy more sustainable,” says van der Matt. So action must be taken. Otherwise, you will lose the job, VVD member sees. “Here in Brabant you see that the company that offers a lot of jobs does not choose our province, because it is already full here.”
Van der Mat sees the principle of “first come first served” now applies. Whoever reports first will get a place on the electricity grid. This can cause social frictions.
“There will come a point where people will say: Connecting additional homes to the grid takes precedence over something else. The key point is that we are already talking about new climate ambitions, while the implementation of existing ones is not yet sufficiently regulated.”
Together with his regional colleagues, the VVD politician advocates a leading role for the provinces. “As a province, we say: We have the knowledge of the area, let’s put it together. The central government should provide clarity on where the trend lies.”
And then there has to be someone making the hard choices, says van der Matt. Do you choose a commercial complex, or do you choose a residential area, for example? Brabant wants experimental space from the government. “All this requires creativity, central management, and the amendment of legislation and regulations,” Van der Maat wrote in an opinion piece today. Wafaa.
Van der Matt fears that if nothing happens, the overload of the power grid will become as big a problem as the nitrogen crisis. He believes that counties should make decisions as the best solution.