The Dutch electricity network can definitely not cope with the coming boom of electric cars and heat pumps. Grid operators will have to invest billions into upgrading the electricity grid, and that may result in higher energy bills, they said to newspaper AD.
Consumers in the Netherlands can expect more increases in their energy bills in the coming years. In 2022, the energy bill will increase by at least 60 euros per year. And that increase may already be introduced in steps from 2020, homeowners' association VEH said to the Telegraaf.
A man tried to blow up his home in Hoensbroek on Thursday night while emergency services were trying to talk him down. It is believed that he opened the gas. The man himself and a police officer were injured.
The police responded to the home on Prins Willemstraat in the Limburg town at around 9:15 p.m., after receiving a report that the man was threatening to blow up his house, the police said in a statement. As a precaution, the police and fire brigade evacuated the surrounding homes and cordoned off the area. The residents of around 15 homes were sheltered elsewhere.
In some areas in the Netherlands the power grid is struggling to cope with the large number of new solar panels installed over the past few years, various Dutch newspapers report.
According to the Telegraaf, there is talk of "traffic jams" on the grid. In parts of Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel, network operators Enexis and Tennet have to say "no" to the initiators of new large-scale projects, the Volkskrant and Financieele Dagblad report. According to FD, a lack of power cables is even standing in the way of the switch to green energy.
Dutch grid managers expect that they will not be able to afford their part of the energy transition from 2030. They receive too little money, because the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM wants to keep the rates low, Enexis, Alliander and Stedin said to the Financieele Dagblad on Monday.
Grid managers Tennet and Enexis want no new solar parks to be built in Groningen and northern Drenthe for the time being. The electricity grid there does not have sufficient capacity to process the energy from any new solar parks, according to the companies, NOS reports.
"We can handle the current situation, but if the many requests for solar parks keep coming, there is simply not enough space to transport all the electricity", spokesperson Loek de Lange of Enexis said to the broadcaster.
Some 26 thousand homes in Zwolle has been without power since around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Grid manager Enexis is working to resolve to problem, ANP reports.
Power started returning to homes around 10:00 a.m. How long it will take before everyone has power, is not yet clear.
The power outage was caused by a malfunction in a transformer in the Frankhuis neighborhood. Technicians are on site.
Part of the Rabobank building in Vinkel, Brabant collapsed after an ATM bombing at the building during the early hours of Monday morning. The residents of two apartments close to the building were evacuated and given shelter elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.
Due to a risk that explosives were left behind, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to investigate, according to newspaper AD. Grid manager Enexis was also at the scene because the explosion knocked the power out for several homes in the area. According to the police, no one was injured.
A power outage that left 22,500 Dutch homes without electricity on Sunday afternoon, may have been caused by a pigeon, a spokesperson for grid operator Enexis said
A stone-marten snacking on a cable left 34 thousand homes in and around Maastricht without power on Monday night.
Parts of Eindhoven and Geldorp have been without power since 3:00 p.m. On Monday. According to grid operator Enixis, 12,670 households are affected by the power outage.
Power has been restored to all households in Maastricht, Valkenburg, Bertg en Terbijt and Cadier en Keer after an hours long power outage.
Sniffer dogs will be used to detect network failures In North Brabant and Limburg for Netherlands energy provider Enexis by the end of 2015, the company announced last week.
A severe storm from the southwest moved across The Netherlands on Monday. The KNMI issued a code red, the highest weather alert, for extreme weather in the west, center and north of the country. The alert was withdrawn around 14:45 pm.