Netherlands

Netherlands

SUBSIDY AT RISK

With the Dutch wind market facing the end of all wind turbine investment studies in January 1996, it now seems that even the 1995 subsidies are at risk. The Minister for Economic Affairs, Hans Wijers, is proposing to lower the maximum amount of subsidy from 35% of a project's capital cost to less than 30%. The improved cost effectiveness of modern wind turbines is the reason given for the proposed reduction. He is also proposing that projects which have secured both financing and building permits be given preference when allocating subsidies. Projects for sites previously used for wind energy will also fall into this category. Wijers' proposals require parliamentary approval and though this is not expected to be a problem, it will take time. In the meantime subsidies for 1995 will remain under lock and key.

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