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 Dutch government paid millions of euros in subsidies to the owners of illegally placed windmills. One such owner in Schagen, Noord-Holland received 3.2 million euros in subsidies
The Dutch coastal municipalities of Zandvoort Katwijk, Wassennaar and Noordwijk are lobbying against offshore windmills off the coast of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. They are doing so by subsidizing action group Stichting Vrije Horizon, or Foundation Free Horizon in English, the Volkskrant reports.
Municipalities along the German and Belgian borders are strongly opposing the neighboring countries building windmills in border areas, reports AD. They are seeking intervention from higher authorities, also on the European level.
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".
Windmills that are still in working order, are being replaced with new ones as operators do not receive subsidy for the old ones.
The VVD in Rotterdam want the SS Rotterdam cruise ship to become a World Heritage Site after UNESCO granted the same fate to the Van Nelle Factory at the end of last month.
The Coast Guard fears more accidents if the number of wind farms along the coast is increased. The North Sea is already one of the busiest seas in the world. If the plans for building even more wind turbines are realized, the chances of accidents will increase, according to Ed Veen, director of the Dutch Coast Guard.
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The 1900 windmills in the Netherlands are not sufficiently protected against fire. And in case of fire the fire department is not always able to assist.
The government plans to generate a lot more wind energy cost much more than anticipated, state eleven scientists in a letter to Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs).
The administrators of the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk can look at the future with much more confidence than about a year ago. By drastic changes, the financial position of the Foundation World Heritage Kinderdijk has significantly improved.
"Last year we were financially on the brink, but fortunately that's no longer the case,'' said a spokeswoman for the foundation on Tuesday.