Solar Magazine – Fully powered: network operators ask for an urgent package and greatly shortened delivery times

Netbeheer Nederland argues for a national approach with an urgent package of laws and regulations and calls for greatly shortened delivery times for spatial procedures to tackle the full electricity grid.

The network operators state that – partly in response to the news that a temporary stop has been announced in the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant for new large users who want a connection to the electricity grid – there is an urgent need for a common approach. Together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Interprovincial Consultation (IPO) and the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), the network operators are happy to prepare the proposed emergency package as soon as possible.

urgency package
The urgent package must first and foremost ensure that existing network capacity can be utilized better. The network operators want a package of measures to give customers access to the network, both in congestion situations and in threatening congestion situations – yellow button areas. It is important that the degree of utilization of the electricity grid is increased, while at the same time reliability and security of supply are guaranteed.

The emergency package deals with legislation and rules that will only be ratified and implemented after 2022, and where there is now a need for an urgent acceleration to ensure the necessary expansion and optimization of the network. Secondly, network operators reiterate their call to regulate network tariffs differently so that price incentives can be used to make more efficient use of the electricity grid. Thirdly, the phasing out of the grid scheme must be dealt with more quickly in the Folketing to ensure that households are encouraged to use produced electricity immediately. In addition to 3 specific points that the network operators want to include in the follow-up process, they state that it is important to improve the data quality in transport forecasts. This allows network operators to unambiguously interpret what transport is required at what time and place. This leads to better and more predictable scenarios where no unnecessary demands are made on transport capacity.

Completion times
In addition to the urgent package of laws and regulations, Netbeheer Nederland argues for maximum shortening of lead times for spatial integration of the necessary energy infrastructure. Before 1 January 2023, the network operators want to establish an action-oriented collaboration with the state and municipalities.

‘Rapid adaptation of the networks requires rapid implementation of laws, and we also ask the House of Representatives to have a place on the agenda to discuss the proposals,’ says Hans-Peter Oskam, Director of Policy & Energy Transition at Netbeheer Nederland. ‘To provide more space for rapid expansion of the energy system and to achieve the climate sprint, strong government intervention is needed.’

Proposals for accelerating spatial integration

Netbeheer Nederland has identified 9 elements that can accelerate the spatial integration of energy infrastructure:

  1. Proactively involve energy infrastructure in provincial and municipal environmental policy, including the use of spatial instruments to accelerate realization through an integration plan / project decision, a coordination scheme and the Crisis and Recovery Act (Chw).
  2. Designate the competent authority for each (priority) project.
  3. Designation of the national government or province as the competent authority for the integration of routes through protected landscape and nature and / or multiple land uses with multiple (private) owners.
  4. Establishment of a flex pool of urban planners / process managers so that sufficient capacity can be ensured for municipalities for spatial integration of energy infrastructure.
  5. Standardization for the design of power stations, environmental legislation and environmental values ​​(with limits for deviation and additional costs).
  6. (Pro) active land policy on the part of governments, including the possibility of expropriation, depending on the urgency of expanding investment in energy infrastructure.
  7. Customers who do not yet have a zoning plan or environmental permit can not apply for connection to energy infrastructure in yellow button areas.
  8. Identify priority areas for acceleration.
  9. Align the approach with current processes and programs such as the Sustainable Industry Infrastructure Program (PIDI).

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