Netherlands

Netherlands

WELL RECEIVED BY BIRDS AND YACHTSMEN

The first offshore wind plant in Holland in the IJsselmeer inland sea has been well received by ornithologists and yachtsmen alike who prize the huge lake as a recreational area. A second wind plant is now being considered.

Offshore satisfaction: Holland's first offshore wind farm in the IJsselmeer inland sea has produced twice as much electricity in its first two months than the same turbines on land. Although Jos Kouwenhoven from PEN expects the difference will be less in the winter, he declares himself "very satisfied." So far the Lely Windpark has also been well received by ornithologists and yachtsmen alike. The IJsselmeer was recently the venue for an international regatta, but skippers say they were unperturbed by the extra obstacles on the course this summer. Another wind plant in the IJsselmeer is being considered. NUON, the electricity distribution company for eastern Holland has requested planning permission for 21 turbines, 30 metres off the coast at Dronten. The Lely Windpark turbines are 800 metres from the coast.

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