By our economics editors
26 Jun 2023 at 18:36
Companies and institutions in Brabant that use a lot of electricity will not be able to get a new power connection for the next five to ten years. The pressure on the electricity grid is too high and grid manager Enexis says it already has a lot of requests.
The municipality of Den Bosch says it is “really disappointed” by the measure. “The purchase stop means that our economic ambitions and those of our entrepreneurs will be severely limited. This is not a good signal. It also hinders the possibilities of mainly larger companies to become natural gas-free,” says the municipality.
The problem also occurs in Limburg. “In North Brabant and Limburg, we gave the last capacity to our customers on Monday,” says an Enexis spokesperson. “In the coming years, the obviousness of access to the electricity grid for large companies will unfortunately be a thing of the past.”
The problems with the power grid in North Brabant and Limburg have been known for some time. Companies in many other parts of the country are also not getting a new connection or expansion to the grid. Due to the energy transition and the greater demand for electricity from companies, the power grid has been full for years at various points in the country.
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