System study on the Province of Utrecht energy infrastructure

This system study examines what additional energy infrastructure is required in the province of Utrecht for the period to 2030 and to 2050. The energy system will need to undergo major changes in the coming decades to make the energy transition possible. In all sectors, renewable electricity, hydrogen, heat and green gas will replace fossil fuels. These sustainable energy carriers will increasingly be generated locally. This will have an impact on the electricity, gas and heat networks in the province of Utrecht.

Five scenarios, one for 2030 and four for 2050, have been used to identify this impact. The study shows bottlenecks in the energy infrastructure and possible solutions. This provides insight into the consequences of choices made in the energy transition and infrastructure, and into the possible courses of action to be taken.

The study was carried out by CE Delft and Quintel on behalf of the province of Utrecht. The network operators TenneT, Stedin and Gasunie were closely involved.