Dutch electricity transmission system operator Tennet has considered three future energy scenarios in its 2020-30 development plan.
The most optimistic outlook – dubbed Fundamental for System Integration – foresees wind and solar generation facilities being deployed in the Netherlands much more rapidly than expected under Paris Agreement climate change requirements. Under that scenario, solar is expected to hit 34 GW of installed generation capacity by the end of the decade, with wind amounting to 15 GW.
Electric vehicles and other renewable energy power sources would also be expected to grow significantly, with 3.5 GW of offshore wind facilities to power hydrogen production.
“The additional growth in both electrification and sustainable generation compared to the other scenarios creates an increasing need for flexibility,” the authors of the report wrote. “This will be provided by various market parties, including both large scale industrial consumers and small scale consumers.”