Liander is calling on companies to estimate their energy consumption for the next ten years. The forecasts should help the grid operator to set up the electricity grid in the best possible way for the future.
Last year, a Liander inventory already showed that industry and large companies are making many plans to make their operations more sustainable. For example, they are switching en masse from natural gas to electricity and generating electricity frequently. Because this has a major impact on the electricity grid, the grid operator, which operates in North Holland, Flevoland, Gelderland, Friesland and part of South Holland, is also asking its large business customers this year to estimate the power they will need over the next ten years. This includes both the consumption of electricity and the feed-in of, for example, wind or solar power.
Explosive demand for electricity
The Netherlands has one of the most reliable electricity grids in the world. Yet it is not designed for the rapid developments taking place now. The scarcity on the grid is the result of the growing economy, the digitalization of society, the building of houses at record speed and making the energy supply more sustainable. These developments are creating an explosive demand for electricity, causing a squeeze on the grid. Liander is therefore working with the other grid operators to strengthen and expand the electricity grid. The forecasts are helping to set up the grid in the best possible way for the future.
Commercial vehicles and heat production
Both the demand from entrepreneurs for electricity and the demand for space on the electricity grid to feed back self-generated wind and solar power continues to grow. Liander sees that entrepreneurs are now particularly keen to take major steps to make their commercial vehicles more sustainable and to switch from natural gas to industrial electric boilers for heat production. They are requesting very large capacities for this purpose.
Even in areas where the grid has reached its maximum capacity, it is essential for the grid operator to know how much transmission capacity (the maximum load on the connection) customers expect to need at any given time. This enables Liander to estimate where and how much extra capacity will be needed in the future. The grid manager will take this into account in its plans for grid expansion. Liander expects to be able to provide insight into the survey results in June.