In cooperation with Alliander, a strategic impact analysis was carried out in 2020 on the social value of (temporarily) abandoning maximum reliability in order to speed up the connection of new customers and sustainable generation.
Why? The regional grid operators are required by law to connect everyone within set reliability standards and, when demand increases, to reinforce the grid. However, due to shortages in the grid and technical staff, there is insufficient grid capacity to connect renewable energy companies and installations in time.
The analysis shows that although the (temporary) abandonment of established reliability standards can lead to a longer disruption duration, the impact of this is much smaller than the value creation resulting from earlier connection. The social return is particularly high when a back-up is installed by the customer to absorb possible failures.
The greatest social value is created when connections for sustainable generation are given priority. This is not (yet) possible within the current regulations of a grid manager.