Netherlands

Netherlands

PLENTY OF WORDS BUT STILL NO NEWS

The Dutch wind industry was disappointed yet again last month when a hoped for statement on future energy policy failed to materialise. Speaking at the opening of Lagerwey's new wind turbine production factory, the director general for energy, Stan Dessens, made no reference to any alternative market stimulation programme for wind. It was the first time he had officially addressed the wind community since the announcement last September that all subsidies to wind energy in the Netherlands would be cut. Dessens did, however, indicate that the long running negotiations over fair rates of pay for wind energy, between EnergieNed, representing the Dutch electricity distributors, and Pawex, representing private wind turbine owners, could end with a positive result this month. The energy directorate has acted as mediator in the talks. The Lagerwey factory, in Barneveld, was opened on April 12 by a video-taped example of Dessens' boss, Hans Wijers, Minister of Economic Affairs.

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