Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

Windpower Monthly rating 4.5/5

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Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.

Estimate of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.

The Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 49% by 2030 against 1990 levels. The National Climate Agreement (Klimaatakkoord) of June 2019 includes agreements with the relevant sectors on how to achieve the emission reduction goals and on how to speed up the energy transition. Offshore wind is meant to provide most of the new renewable-energy capacity, aiming for a target of more than 11GW by 2030.

The government’s tailored legislation, clear permitting process and the fact that transmission costs do not fall on developers have boosted investor confidence. The repowering of onshore wind farms is also an area of interest.

Plans are in place to develop the offshore grid while also enabling better connections for onshore wind farms. Construction is under way at 752MW Borssele I & II offshore wind farm.

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