By our economics editors
Jan 31, 2023 at 9:13 am
Grid operator Stedin, active in most of South Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht, is allocating 825 million euros this year for investments in the energy transition. The capacity of the electricity grid must be expanded to cope with the growth in the number of solar panels, charging stations and heat pumps.
This year, Stedin will lay 1,300 kilometers of electricity cables to meet the demand for electricity, the network operator reports at its annual presentation.
This will increase the capacity of the electricity grid by 425 megawatts. According to the network operator, this amounts to the electricity supply for one and a half times the city of The Hague. Stedin is also working on the construction of five hundred transformer stations.
Technicians are required for the projects. That is why Stedin also focuses on training MBO students and lateral entrants. There is also attention for attracting status holders and people with a distance to the labor market.
Last week, the industry association Netbeheer Nederland reported a historic growth in the number of solar panels on residential roofs in 2022. Not only solar panels, but also charging stations for electric cars and heat pumps are highly sought after.
But these developments require cables that can carry much more current than the majority of the current cables to which homes are connected. To meet all these wishes, network operators throughout the country are working on strengthening and expanding the electricity grid, which is hundreds of thousands of kilometers long.