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Decarbonising the Dutch Gas-Fired Power Fleet

How can the Dutch gas-fired power fleet be decarbonised? What are the main challenges and respective policy options to address them?

View our policy note reflecting the results of in-depth analysis we conducted in close alignment with Eneco, ENGIE, Gasunie, RWE, TenneT, and Uniper.

Key findings of the report include:

  • To reach the target of decarbonising the national power sector by 2035, the Dutch government should boost the share of flexibility. The steady growth of wind and solar power accompanying the gas phase-out will require 10 GW of additional low-carbon flexible power generation capacity.
  • In terms of the investment required, modernisation of existing gas-fired plants for hydrogen combustion appears to be the most cost-effective solution as the system still needs dispatchable plants. Retrofitting gas stations with CCS technology and building new hydrogen-fired power plants are the next most effective but more costly alternatives.
  • Governmental programs should take a coordinating role to support decarbonisation targets due to the difficulties associated with increasing the share of hydrogen in the system and the need to develop the appropriate infrastructure.

Access the report to get more insights on the Dutch gas power fleet decarbonisation path. Do you have any questions? Reach out to Jesse Hettema!

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