TenneT seeks to be a key player in the North West European energy market. We continue to work closely with our European partners to further integrate the electricity market, thereby assuring a reliable and secure electricity supply at competitive prices. Connecting countries and regions creates an international chain of high-voltage grids that makes it easier, cheaper and more efficient to transmit electricity across borders and to more effectively balance international supply and demand.
International high voltage connections
We have, or are in the process of realising the following cross-border connections with our international partners:
- NorNed cable from the Netherlands to Norway (operational since 2008)
- BritNed cable from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom (operational since 2011)
- Interconnector linking Doetinchem in the Netherlands to Wesel in Germany (planned for 2017)
- NordLink from Germany to Norway (commissioning 2020)
- 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.