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System operator Liander fined for connecting Fastned too late to the grid

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has imposed a fine of 50,000 euros on system operator Liander for having failed to connect a fast-charging station of Fastned to the grid within the statutory period of 18 weeks. Fastned had filed a request for enforcement with ACM about the issue.

ACM requires system operators to comply with the statutory connection periods. Henk Don, Member of the Board of ACM, explains: "Market participants must have access to the grid in a timely manner. That is one of the system operator’s core duties. Late connections may lead to delays, for example in construction projects or business expansion projects, and, by extension, may lead to financial damage for electricity users”.

Helps towards the energy transition

System operators say that the 18-week period is not always feasible as a result of the unexpected growth in the number of connection requests, and as a result of a shortage of technical personnel. However, with the increased electrification of the energy supply, ACM believes it becomes even more essential that system operators do everything in their powers to meet that 18-week deadline, and to make additional investments, if needed. That will help towards the energy transition that is needed to meet the climate targets.

See also

07-08-2019 Liander is fined for connecting Fastned too late to the grid (in Dutch)