Annual summary for 2023

1st quarter

27 January - At the end of January, it became clear that the capacity of solar panels had grown more than ever before in the previous year. In 2022, new solar panels with a total capacity of 484 megawatt peak were installed at 107,264 households on Stedin’s electricity grid. We now also have the figures for 2023, which show that this growth continued in 2023. In 2023, solar panels with a total capacity of 599 megawatt peak were installed at 145,000 households.

6 March - Enexis, Stedin and Liander, together with the supplier Connectens, developed a compact connection module (CAM) for unattended objects such as charging points, advertising panels and street lighting. Fitters can assemble the CAM three times faster, leaving more time for other work needed to accelerate the energy transition.

2nd quarter

30 May – On 26 May, Stedin’s shareholders reappointed Mr D.G. (Doede) Vierstra RC as chair of the Supervisory Board.

19 June - Stedin launched the ‘Solar Washing’ campaign, which encourages people to use electricity in line with nature’s rhythm. This ensures a more balanced distribution of electricity. One element of the campaign is the ‘Solarette’, a pop-up launderette where people can do their laundry free of charge for as long as enough solar energy is available.

26 June - With the Open Innovation Heat Grid in the Green Village field lab at TU Delft Campus, Stedin Group, Alliander and Enexis Group offered companies the opportunity to try out heating innovations and select heat grid studies in a residential and low-regulation environment.

3rd quarter

4 July - The Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) issued a ruling on appeals lodged by grid managers (regional grid managers, TenneT and GTS) against the method decisions of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). According to the CBb, the ACM needs to amend the method decisions on a number of points, including the manner of estimating the productivity of regional grid managers.

19 July - The high-voltage grid in the province of Zeeland almost reached maximum capacity for heavy-use customers. A total of 3.5 gigawatts in additional power was requested. TenneT subsequently notified the ACM, with the result that requests in excess of 3x80 amperes are now placed on a waiting list.

26 September - A pilot was launched in Tholen to make more efficient use of the capacity of the local electricity grid. A ‘group capacity agreement’ was signed between the energy hub REC Tholen and grid manager Stedin. This was the first e-hub to conclude this kind of contract, i.e. an agreement capable of scaling up, with a grid manager. 

4th quarter

18 October - The government announced measures to easy the pressure on the electricity grid and to better utilise it. This was necessary because the Rotterdam port area and the surrounding municipalities on the islands of Voorne-Putten and Goeree-Overflakkee, as well as the provinces of Utrecht, Zeeland and North-Holland, were experiencing electricity grid capacity shortage. This has emerged from research conducted by TenneT. More capacity is expected to available between 2027 and 2029.

31 October - The ACM received broad support for its proposal that the prioritisation of projects that contribute to important societal goals be enshrined in a statutory regulation. This proposal will enable grid managers to deviate from the usual ‘first come, first served’ principle when providing access to the electricity grid.

1 December - For the first time in 2.5 years, the Middelharnis region on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee again had capacity for new initiatives aimed at large-scale feed-in of sustainably generated electricity to the grid. This was because Stedin had started using additional transformers and switchgears early in November of this year, which meant that capacity of 35 MW became available.

8 December - At the general shareholders’ meeting of 8 December, Stedin Group’s shareholders unanimously approved the admission of the Dutch State (the State) as a shareholder of the grid operator. As a result of this resolution, the State has reinforced Stedin’s equity by 500 million, in exchange for an 11.9% stake. This will enable us to keep investing in the expansions and reinforcement of the electricity grid.