A Climate Agreement announced on 28 June by the Netherlands foresees significant further growth in onshore and offshore wind
A Climate Agreement announced on 28 June by the Netherlands foresees significant further growth in onshore and offshore wind.
The Netherlands aims to cut CO2 emissions by 49% by 2030, a significant increase over its 2020 goal of 25%.
The agreement also fixes volumes for expanding wind energy to 2030: 7.5-8.5 GW of onshore and 11.5 GW of offshore wind. It sees renewables providing 75% of electricity in the Netherlands by 2030.
However, WindEurope said the agreement is thin on measures to push the electrification of heating, transport and industrial processes. And there is no figure for the level of electricity demand in industry.
WindEurope chief policy officer Pierre Tardieu said, “The Dutch are setting a good example with their 49% emissions reduction goal. And with their clear numbers for further expanding wind energy.
“But it’s unfortunate they are reducing incentives for the electrification of industry and transport. Electrification increases energy efficiency and saves money. The Dutch should be embracing it.”
In late 2018, the Netherlands launched its second zero-subsidy tender process for offshore wind with a tender for the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 3 and 4 offshore windfarms. The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy published a ministerial order for the tender in the Government Gazette on 3 December 2018.
In March 2018, a zero-subsidy deal was awarded to Vattenfall for the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) 1 and 2 offshore windfarmsthe first zero-subsidy offshore wind projects to be built anywhere.