Assurances over Dutch power blackouts
26 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — The German Economic Affairs Minister has promised to take any measures possible to prevent his country's power grid causing a massive blackout in the Netherlands.
26 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — The German Economic Affairs Minister has promised to take any measures possible to prevent his country's power grid causing a massive blackout in the Netherlands.
During a visit to Amsterdam on Thursday, Wolfgang Clement also indicated he would be prepared — if necessary — to adjust German legislation obligating the use of green energy.
The German SPD minister was responding to the annual report of the Dutch electricity network authority Tennet, which warned the overloading of the German network could lead to problems in the Netherlands.
Tennet said the increasing number of wind mills in Germany is placing mounting pressure on the power grid in the Netherlands and north-western Europe.
In the past six months, there have been two crises in which an oversupply of German wind power threatened the balance of the Dutch power supply network.
Tennet said large-scale blackouts could occur if the German capacity was not expanded.
Sudden peaks in power from the large wind mill parks in northern Germany are transported via the Dutch network to consumers in southern Germany.
The concentration of wind mills in large parks and quickly changing wind patterns can lead to an oversupply of wind energy.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news