Netherlands to miss renewables target

NETHERLANDS: A report by the Dutch environmental assessment agency has found the nation is set to miss the 14% renewable electricity target for 2020.

A monopile for the 600MW Gemini project in the Netherlands
A monopile for the 600MW Gemini project in the Netherlands

The report found the Netherlands is expected to reach a 10.6% share of renewables by 2020, which could rise to 12.4% if additional measures are taken.

Most of the renewable electricity is expected to come from wind and solar and the report highlights a policy design to encourage offshore development.

The agency predicts the share of renewables to increase after 2017 once some delayed projects are brought online supported by the new subsidy scheme, known as SDE.

Approximately 13.1% of electricity usage is expected to be produced by renewables in 2023, with 20% being reached by 2030,

A report by the European Commission in October found the Netherlands was among 14 countries in the EU that were expected to miss the 2020 targets.

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