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MINISTER SETS WIND LIMIT

In the Netherlands' government White Paper outlining future energy policy, economic affairs minister Hans Wijers has stated that some forms of sustainable energy have a limited potential in the country. One of them is wind. Ten thousand megawatts of wind power cannot be installed in the Netherlands, he says. The country is too small. Based on information in the White Paper, the limit seems to hover somewhere between 2000 and 2500 MW installed capacity. Wout Frieling, president of the Dutch Wind Association NEWIN, does not agree with this cap. He has officially informed the Dutch parliament that he advocates speedy development of large offshore wind plants up to 100 kilometre from the coast.

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