Having revised tendering procedures for offshore wind energy, authorities in the Netherlands have published details of the criteria they will use to judge bids for the Hollandse Kust I and II windfarms, for which zero-subsidy bids are being sought.
The tender for Hollandse Kust I and II will offer companies an opportunity to make zero-subsidy bids. Tender parties will be asked to submit bids for the development of the windfarms without subsidy. If this tender does not result in eligible bids, a tender for development with subsidy will take place.
Dutch authorities have now published the draft ranking criteria for consultation in relation to the zero subsidy tender.
According to the explanatory notes to a recent consultation document, authorities in the Netherlands hope to make the tender regulations as similar to those used for the recent Borssele tenders as possible.
The tender will determine to whom a wind permit is awarded. Permit applications must satisfy criteria that are identical to the eligibility criteria under the Borssele tenders. Applications that do not meet these criteria will be disregarded. In the ranking of eligible applications the greatest emphasis will be placed on the assurance that the windfarms will be operational on time and able to operate satisfactorily on an ongoing basis.
Law firm CMS said the ranking for zero-subsidy bids will be based on criteria including:
CMS said the final tender regulations should be published in October. The tender in relation to Hollandse Kust I and II is expected in December 2017.
“The proposed amendments are temporary measures that provide for a pragmatic solution allowing the Hollandse Kust I and II tender to take place this year,” said CMS. “This solution may also apply to the 2018 tender. In parallel, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is currently working on a structural solution in the form of a legislative amendment to the Offshore Wind Energy Act.”