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TenneT transmits 29 TWh from the Dutch and German North Sea in 2022

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: James Bernthal-Hooker 30/01/2023 TenneT

Last year (2022), TenneT, the European grid operator, transmitted approximately 29 terawatt hours (TWh) of offshore wind energy from the North Sea to land.

7.91 TWh of this, from the Dutch North Sea, went to the Netherlands, which TenneT states covers the annual demand of around 9 million households. That figure is up from 4.71 TWh in 2021. Transmission capacity of TenneT’s Dutch offshore grid connections has climbed from 1,503 MW to 3,757 MW in the space of a year, due to the commissioning of offshore grid connection systems Hollands Kust (zuid) Alpha and Beta.

In Germany, TenneT transmitted around 21.12 TWh from the German North Sea to land. The result is a 4% increase on the previous value. The 2021 figure was 20.3 TWh. In addition, German wind power generation (combined onshore and offshore) has grown from 114.37 TWh to 125.38 TWh. However, the share of electricity from the North Sea was down on 2021’s 17.8%, at 16.9%.

TenneT COO Tim Meyerjürgens said: "The North Sea has been reliably and stably supplying a large share of wind power in the Netherlands and Germany for years. It is therefore right and important to tap the potential of the North Sea as a wind power source for the Netherlands, Germany and Europe even better in the future. TenneT now provides a total of more than ten gigawatts of grid connection capacity in the Dutch and German North Sea.

"In order to achieve the ambitious climate policy goals, everyone must pull together and work in partnership. It is essential to think of the energy transition in European terms, to stimulate the market accordingly and to set important incentives by politicians, as well as in the industry itself. TenneT is leading the way here, for example with the large-scale tenders launched last year for the future offshore grid connections with the new transmission capacity size of two gigawatts per system."

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