The provinces of Drenthe, Limburg and Overijssel and the municipalities of Kerkrade, Losser and Emmen call on Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate on Tuesday to make it possible to exchange energy with neighboring German municipalities.

On both sides of the border the network is sometimes overloaded due to differences in supply and demand.

These problems must be prevented by exchanging sustainable energy.

At the moment, electricity can only be transported across borders via the high-voltage grid.

In the Electricity Act of 1998 it was agreed that no electricity may be transported across the border via the low-voltage grid, because countries would then have to deal with fees and taxes for electricity, a spokesman for TenneT explains to

In addition, such a low-voltage line is easily overloaded, which also makes it technically complicated to exchange electricity.

If the areas are nevertheless given the space to experiment, this makes several pilot projects in the regions possible.

For example, Emmen and the German neighboring municipality of Haren already started a project in 2016 in which they want to connect the regional grids in order to be able to use the solar and wind farms there more efficiently.

In addition, the municipalities of Losser and Bad Bentheim want to develop an energy park together and the municipality of Kerkrade wants to obtain sustainable energy from a park in a German neighborhood municipality.