Solar Magazine – Energy Storage NL: The Netherlands can install 1 gigawatt of batteries in the short term
In response to the full power grid, the Netherlands can install 1 gigawatt of batteries in the short term. That is the message Energy Storage NL has to Minister Rob Jetten for Climate and Energy.
In a meeting with the minister, the sector organization discussed the added value of energy storage in relation to the existing grid congestion problems, in particular the use of cooperative actions.
Exception transport rates
In order to meet the deadline in the short term over 1 gigawatt – and in 2050 over at least 30 gigawatts – Energie NL must meet a number of preconditions. A roadmap and a stimulating framework must be worked out in order to achieve the ambition through intermediate targets. Energy Storage NL also refers to other countries that have a tender system that includes energy storage to guarantee grid stability.
As a first precondition, power must be given to transport tariffs. In the current system of transmission tariffs, generators are exempt consumers who pay the full bill. A battery now seen as a consumer is carried millions per year towards grid operators. Energy Storage NL proposes that no transport tariff is paid by batteries if their actions do not interfere with the electricity grid. According to the sector organisation, the minister may be able to create a separate category for the creation of an applicable tariff structure through an Order in Council (AMvB) on the basis of Article 29(4) of the Electricity Act.
First come, first served
Secondly, works should no longer fall under the current ‘first come, first serve’ principle, because they can start in the queue at grid operators who can actually essentially do this. A separate category should be created for batteries.
Finally, Energy Storage NL wants a definition of energy storage to be added to cable pooling. Energy Storage NL made a model agreement for wind turbines, solar panels and batteries in collaboration with Invest NL and Ventolines. This contains provisions for realizing sun, wind and energy storage behind 1 grid connection. Cable pooling for solar and wind energy has of course already been made possible, but according to the trade association, energy storage must also be added to the existing.