Netherlands

Netherlands

Dutch Groen party proposal to boost onshore target by further 1000 MW

The Dutch Green/Socialist party, Groen Links, proposes boosting the existing national onshore wind power target of 1500 MW installed capacity by 2010 by a further 1000 MW over the next ten years. In its "Deltaplan Renewable Energy", unveiled just before the May 15 elections, the party sets out where it believes a further 500, 2 MW turbines could be built. Among a number of ambitious projects, it suggests placing a 50 kilometre row of turbines alongside the A6 road between the towns of Almere and Lemmer in the province of Flevoland. Other locations include rows along the Noord Holland and Noordzee canals, the A7 and the A9 motorways and on land owned by the Hoogovens steelworks. The party also urges a more interventionist approach to securing planning permission. In the first instance, it says, the government should negotiate with local councils, but it should also be prepared to allocate sites to wind projects. In addition, Groen Links suggests that a further 250 to 500 wind turbines could be built on industrial land as part of existing energy efficiency agreements drawn up between industry and government.

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