TenneT aims to be a key player in the Northwest European energy market. Interconnecting different countries and regions will create a chain of high-voltage grids. This will make cross-border electricity transmission easier, cheaper and more efficient. It will also allow for more effective balancing of international supply and demand. Consumers will benefit from lower costs and greater security of supply.
Working together with its international partners, TenneT has completed or is currently constructing the following cross-border interconnectors:
- NorNed cable from the Netherlands to Norway (taken into operation in 2008)
- BritNed cable from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom (taken into operation in 2011)
- Interconnector linking Doetinchem in the Netherlands to Wesel in Germany (commissioning 2017)
- NordLink from Germany to Norway (commissioning 2019)
- COBRAcable from the Netherlands to Denmark (commissioning 2019).
Working together with its international partners, TenneT has completed or is currently realising the following system improvements:
- Market coupling between Belgium, France and the Netherlands (2008)
- Market coupling between Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands (2010)
- Cross-border intraday trading (2011)
- Intraday trading with Norway (March 2012) and the UK (May 2012)
- European market coupling between Scandinavia, the UK and Northwest Europe (February 2014)
- Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC): Coupling of the Northwest European and Southwest European day-ahead markets (May 2014). This MRC allows for further extension of the target model in Europe for one integrated price coupled European day-ahead market.
Further information on market coupling and intraday trading may be found here.