Government says no to wind market until next year

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A new market framework for the Dutch renewables industry will not be in place before June 2008, the Netherlands minister for economic affairs, Maria van der Hoeven, has told parliament. New legislation is eagerly anticipated by the renewable energy industry since the previous program, a green power subsidy known as the Milieukwaliteit Elektriciteitsproductie (MEP), was abolished last August for being too successful. The then government argued that the target for 9% of electricity supply to come from renewables by 2010 was well within reaching. Calling on government to speed things up, Diederik Samsom of the Dutch labour party, PvdA, says to delay until the second half of next year is "unacceptable." He wants government to introduce a new tendering system for offshore wind projects and introduce a new market framework, preferably based on standard offer power purchase contracts, for smaller onshore projects.

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