The Dutch government plans to build three more offshore wind farms, in addition to five new wind farms already agreed upon in the Energy Agreement. The government wants the total offshore wind farms to produce 40 percent of the Netherlands' current electricity consumption by 2030.
Shell is teaming up with energy company Eneco and offshore company Van Oord to build a massive wind farm off the shore of Borssele in Zeeland .The wind farm will consist of about 100 windmills and will generate enough energy to supply a million households, AD reports.
The Dutch government may spend 2 billion euros less than budgeted on subsidies for wind farms due to the fact that the cost of offshore wind farms dropped significantly over the past years, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Monday.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs is leaving politics after the next parliamentary election scheduled for March 2017. He no longer wants to be a minister and he will not be returning to parliament, a spokesperson confirmed to NU after Kamp announced his departure on political talk show Politiek in de Pol.
The Mayors of Wassenaar, Katwijk, Noordwijk and Zandvoort have decided to stand together and protest against the offshore windmills planned for their areas.
According to Natuur & Milieu (Nature & Environment), wind farms on the sea provide billions to environmental gains, if the social benefits are included.
According to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the construction of offshore wind farms will cost 4.8 to 5 billion euro, depending on location.
The CDA in North Holland has made it known that they are against wind farms off the coast by signing a call from CDA-factions in several coastal areas against any parks close to the coastline.
The largest Dutch pension administrator, APG, is not going to follow the lead of foreign administrators investing in durable energy, such as wind farms, and is choosing to put money into fossil fuels instead.
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA proposed that alternatives for big wind turbine farms in the three northerly provinces should get a serious change. They did so during a debate about Cabinet plans for wind energy on land and at sea in the House of Representatives on Friday.
Because tenant farming prices for land are disproportionately high, the construction of wind farms is too expensive. As a result, wind energy is more expensive than necessary.