Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:15
Not enough Dutch green energy to meet demand, report states
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. Certiq is a subsidiary of electricity transmission operator TenneT. Certiq is the only company that can issue so-called Certificates of Origin, which show where energy is generated. According to the company, unless Dutch consumers specifically asks for green energy generated in the Netherlands, they often get energy imported from abroad. More than half of the Dutch demand for green energy comes from water energy stations in Norway, Sweden and France. The Netherlands used about 12.5 percent more certified green electricity last year, according to Certiq. That amounts to a total of 42.6 terawatt hours of green electricity.