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The Netherlands is able to import 20 percent more power from Germany

From June 4, the Netherlands will be able to import up to 20 percent more power from Germany. This is the result of arrangements made between energy regulators in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France, aimed at expanding trade in electricity between these countries. As a result, electricity prices in the Netherlands are expected to drop, since electricity from Germany is cheaper.

Importing without technical problems

The different transmission system operators for electricity are not able to transmit too much power across borders, because otherwise the stability of the power grid could be jeopardized. ACM had asked Dutch transmission system operator TenneT to explore whether it is possible to raise that limit. It turns out that the Netherlands is able to transmit up to 5,000 MW from Germany during the day instead of the current 4,250 MW (that additional transmission capacity corresponds with the consumption of a mid-sized city). As a result, cross-border connections can thus be fully utilized without causing any technical problems. TenneT therefore plans to do so from June 4.