Dutch electricity grid operator TenneT plans to invest 25 billion euros into green energy infrastructure on land and sea over the next decade, the company announced with its annual results on Wednesday. One of the company's plans is building one or more artificial islands on the North Sea to be the connection between the mainland and thousands of wind turbines far offshore, ANP reports.
The Netherlands' largest solar farm officially opened on Thursday. The farm in Delfzijl consists of some 123 thousand solar panels and can produce 30 megawatts of power. It is expected to power some 10,000 homes, NU.nl reports.
The solar park is called Sunport Delfzijl is about as large as 65 football fields. It took German group Wirsol about a year to build.
Dutch petroleum company NAM singed up with the Transition Coalition - a coalition of about 50 companies working to accelerate the Netherlands' transition to renewable energy sources, NAM director Gerald Schotman announced in his New Year speech, ANP reports.
"As far as I am concerned, the transition can, if not must, be more ambitious", Schotman said.
The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.
Marjan van Loon, CEO of Shell Nederland, wants to use natural gas revenues from Groningen for a "delta plan" for the transition to green energy and for the local economy, she said in an Interview with the Financieele Dagblad. Though she adds that the Netherlands must continue gas extraction for as long as possible.
The Netherlands used more energy from renewable sources, such as biomass and solar power, in 2015. Last year 5.8 percent of the total energy consumed came from renewable sources, compared to 5.5 percent in 2014 and 4.8 percent in 2013, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
Solar panels may soon be installed on the rooftops of 19 above-ground subway stations in Amsterdam. The goal is to save on energy and reduce the subway's CO2 emissions
Dutch banks ING and Rabobank jointly invested 218.6 million euros in Russian coal firm SUEK in February of this year, according to bank watchdog Eerlijke Banwijzer. The watchdog finds the investments "appalling" and calls on both banks to stop investing in coal producers.
Hundreds of wind turbines in the Netherlands are operating at a loss and are in danger of being demolished. The main cause is the very low energy prices, which mean that the maintaining the turbines cost more than what the generated energy bring in, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on own research.
Over the past year the solar-powered Ikea store in Zwolle used 30 percent less grid energy than the average use in other Ikea stores, the store announced. The store aims to be completely energy neutral by 2020.
The Ministry of Defense wants to reduce its use of fossil fuels like oil and gas by 70 percent in 2050. Increased dependency on more fuel cause problems during operations, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert writes in her Operational Energy Strategy
Dutch data centers, hosting companies and other internet service providers are demanding more energy security, concerned about the reliability of power supply in the Netherlands with the switch over to green energy. Michiel Steltman, director of Digital Infrastructure Netherlands, thinks that the potential of nuclear power should be considered in the decision making to ensure long-term stability
Placing windmills near the Dutch coast will have very little to no effect on tourism in the affected beach areas. Between "0 and 10" percent of tourists and day-visitors will stay away because of windmills on he horizon, according to a study done by Decisio on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs
Energy companies in the Netherlands do not generate enough green energy to meet the demand in their own country. Green energy generated in the Netherlands only account for a quarter of the Dutch demand, according to figures from Certiq.
Large Dutch cities advocate for sustainability and promises to use more sustainable power, in practice they still largely opt for cheaper coal power
The University of Amsterdam and Hogeschool van Amsterdam will be placing 2,563 solar panels on the roofs of five buildings next year, the UvA announced on Friday.
The Netherlands plans to give 50 million people in poor countries access to green energy in the coming years, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade wrote to the Tweede Kamer
The number of hybrid cars in the Netherlands rose by a fourfold between 2009 and 2014, reports Statistic Netherlands (CBS). There are currently 156 thousand hybrid vehicles in the country. In 2014, 30 thousand vehicles were purchased, with three-quarters of those purchased by a business.
Dutch company Nerdalize is initiating a project of combining computing power and home heating services. The idea behind the project is in placing computing servers into private households instead of locating them at conventional data centers, and using the heat generated by the device to heat the houses as an alternative to natural gas heating systems.
The first Prince Friso engineering award was given to Allard van Hoeken, Head of New Energy at Bluewater Energy Services. The prize was handed to Van Hoeken by the head of the Royal Institute of Engineering (KIVI) in presence of Prince Friso's mother and his widow, Princesses Beatrix and Mabel.
GroenLinks wants the government to make the land along highways available for more windmills. According to the party, highways form logical lines for windmills to be placed and it will be "a big step towards more clean energy".
Two large solar farms are set to be erected in Nijmegen and Zwolle, NU reports.
Google has made an agreement with Eneco for the supply of green electricity. The internet giant will use the power from a new wind farm to feed its data center, which is still under construction, in Eemshaven.
IKEA will sell rooftop solar paneling and installation service in their Dutch stores, beginning with the Haarlem location on October 28. The world's largest furniture retailer plans to roll out the new product in all Netherlands locations by next summer.