Alliander will be investing approximately 844 million euros in grid reinforcements so that the energy supply remains reliable, affordable and accessible to millions of consumers and businesses.
Demand for new connections to the electricity network has soared in recent years, partly due to the rising number of homes and businesses. In addition, the energy transition is steadily adding to our workload as a result of the accelerating take-up of electric transport and renewable energy. In 2018, the number of charging stations in Alliander's service areas rose from 3,570 to 4,350 (up 20%) and the installed solar capacity underwent strong expansion (up 76%). In total, the solar panels and wind turbines in the Alliander service area fed sufficient electricity into the grid to power over 1 million households.
In view of these developments, our efforts to expand and upgrade the electricity networks in our service area will continue unabated in 2019. Alongside investments in the networks, Alliander is also pursuing smart solutions to meet the relentlessly growing demand for capacity. One such initiative concerns the organisation of local energy auctions to better match supply and demand. Another involves flexible charging solutions for electric transport in order to avoid unnecessary network investments and make better use of existing networks.
Regional Energy Strategies
2019 is also the year in which Alliander will start preparing for the implementation of the upcoming Climate Agreement. All provincial and local authorities must have their Regional Energy Strategy ready by 2020. Ingrid Thijssen, CEO of Alliander: “This calls for in-depth cooperation between local and provincial authorities, network operators and other stakeholders. We share a responsibility for devising the best possible sustainable energy supply for each district in order to prevent unnecessary costs for society. In addition, the Regional Energy Strategies should form the basis for a plan-based approach, so that everyone knows what needs to be done when and where, preferably as far in advance as possible, so that licence application procedures can be completed on time and our scarce technicians as well as those of our contractors and construction and engineering firms can be put to work where they are needed most.”