Profile of Alliander
Alliander is a network company. Every day, we support over three million customers with access to energy. We secure affordable, reliable and accessible energy distribution in a large part of the Netherlands. Our shareholders are municipalities and provinces.
Our role in the energy chain
As a network company, Alliander is responsible for the regional distribution of energy, such as electricity, gas, biogas and heating. Alliander ensures that energy goes from the central or local source to the end user. For instance, from wind turbines to households or e-charging stations for vehicles.
The energy we distribute comes from diverse sources, including energy plants and wind farms, either through the national energy networks of TenneT and Gasunie or from imports. In addition, a growing number of consumers and businesses are feeding self-generated energy into our energy networks. These new supply-and-demand dynamics are transforming the role that Alliander has to play.
Alliander in the energy chain
Preparing for the future
Due to the energy transition the energy landscape is changing drastically. Natural gas is making way for local renewable generation, heating networks, biogas, hydrogen, electric transport and more widespread use of electricity. All these developments have consequences for the energy infrastructure: natural gas is being replaced by alternative forms of energy for cooking and heating and peak loads on the electricity network are increasing. New energy networks are not necessarily equally accessible for everyone in the Netherlands, and some customers are cancelling their connection and opting out of the network. As a result, the reliability, affordability and accessibility of our energy supply are under pressure.
Network companies are legally allowed to carry out ancillary activities. This also helps them to keep track of the evolving energy transition. Network companies are not permitted, however, to perform any actions or activities that are incompatible with the effective and secure operation of the network. The ancillary activities must relate to infrastructure facilities or associated activities. For this reason, Alliander is also developing new initiatives and innovative solutions aimed at minimising the impact of the energy transition on the existing networks. Alliander is committed to keeping these networks reliable and affordable and assuring equitable access to the energy infrastructure in the new sustainable energy system. An overview of these activities is included in this report as an appendix.
How we are organised
Alliander consists of a group of companies, employing about 7,100 people (FTEs) in total. Together, we stand for high-quality knowledge of energy networks, energy technology and technical innovation. The shareholders of Alliander are Dutch provinces and municipalities. Together with them and our partners, we discuss our plans for the future and offer solutions for complex energy transition issues.
Network operation is our core activity. Network operator Liander keeps the energy infrastructure in good condition to ensure the daily distribution of gas and electricity to millions of consumers and businesses.
Liandon focuses on the construction and maintenance of intelligent energy infrastructures. This company also acts as Alliander's knowledge centre within the Dutch energy market and beyond.
Allego develops e-charging solutions and infrastructure for municipalities, businesses and transport companies. It invests in the placement and management of e-charging points and stations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Alliander Duurzame Gebiedsontwikkeling (DGO)
Alliander DGO engages in the development, construction and management of alternative energy infrastructures, such as heating and biogas networks. To this end, it connects landowners, public authorities, energy providers and users to help them achieve their sustainability ambitions.
Kenter delivers innovative energy measurement and management solutions. In doing so, the company supports cost-aware and sustainability-minded business customers. This includes placing meters, supplying reliable measurement data and providing insight into energy consumption with online analyses. Kenter is responsible for the sale, realisation, management and maintenance of mid-voltage installations in the free domain.
Alliander AG is a small-scale service provider and partner of network operators, cities and municipalities in Germany. The company manages electricity and gas networks, public lighting and traffic lights in e.g. Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen. It facilitates affordable energy systems and helps communities with smart energy solutions.
Alliander also pioneers business activities aimed at facilitating the energy transition and ensuring that the sustainable energy system is reliable, affordable and accessible. Examples are Energy Exchange Enablers, Smart Society Services, Locol and Zown. More can be read about this at www.alliander.com.
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Our service area
Electricity & Gas