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Amsterdam’s Clogged Grid Is Putting Zero-Emission Dreams at Risk

The grid operator blames a lack of supplies and technicians for slowing down much needed investment. 

A canal tour boat passes two Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric automobiles at a charging station in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

A canal tour boat passes two Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric automobiles at a charging station in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Amsterdam officials warn the city will miss its targets to decarbonize transportation if the central government does not help solve bottlenecks in the overloaded power grid. 

The rapid rise in intermittent power sources from solar and wind, the push to build more houses and a society more dependent on electrical devices than ever before are contributing to the growing pressure on the Dutch capital’s grid. The city said it needs help from the government to achieve its goal of reducing emissions by 55% in 2030, compared with 1990 levels. Meanwhile, the grid operator is suffering from a lack of supplies and people to boost capacity in time to meet the growing demand.