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ACM allows increased usage of power grid by TenneT for sustainable power

09-04-2020

The part of the power grid in the north of the Netherlands that is reserved for contingencies can be used by Dutch transmission system operator TenneT for the transmission of sustainable power. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has granted TenneT an exemption from this obligation of the so-called N-1 criterion. However, one condition, which is statutorily mandated, is that the system operator must compensate those customers that it will have to interrupt in case of a disruption.

ACM supports the energy transition

In the north of the Netherlands, TenneT wants to be able to offer more room for the transmission of sustainable power, mainly from solar farms. To that end, it wants to use capacity of the grid that it is required to reserve for contingencies. ACM has granted TenneT permission to do so, thereby supporting the energy transition. However, the system operator does not want to compensate sustainable-energy suppliers if they are unable to inject their energy into the grid because of contingencies. ACM cannot agree to TenneT’s latter request, since TenneT's customers are statutorily entitled to such compensations.

See also

09-04-2020 Draft decision regarding the exemption for TenneT in the north of the Netherlands (in Dutch)
Read more about the energy transition (in Dutch)