Environmental Plan cuts target to 450 MW

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In its most recent Environmental Action Plan (MAP II) -- released in April -- the Dutch association of electricity distributors, EnergieNed, has cut its wind power target from 1000 MW of installed capacity by 2000 to just 450 MW. According to director Rob van 't Hullenaar the 1000 MW target no longer remains realistic. No more than 150 MW has so far been installed in Holland. The problems of site selection and co-ordination of the installation of 850 MW of turbines within six years make it too ambtious a target, says Van 't Hullenaar. The fact that 1000 MW remains the official target in the Netherlands and is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs seems to hold little sway with EnergieNed. "That's a different world," says Van 't Hullenaar.

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