Since the beginning of the year, EDON in Groningen says it will only pay NLG 0.11/kWh for wind power from new projects, one cent less than previously. Nuon, in the province of Flevoland, is offering NLG 0.12/kWh, a reduction of three cents. At these prices, wind energy is no longer economically feasible, EDON admits.
The situation in Noord Holland is even worse. Distribution company PEN says that for projects larger than 600 kW it will base its kWh payment on the standard tariff -- less than NLG 0.08/kWh. Anything more has to be negotiated.
While the trend in wind payments is downwards, Pawex is negotiating again with EnergieNed, the organisation of electricity distribution companies. Negotiations are mediated through the ministry of Economic Affairs, an indirect partner in the process. A first proposal, details of which have not been revealed, has been turned down by EnergieNed. Not so much because of the actual content of the proposal, but because EnergieNed is still angry that the ministry has axed subsidies to wind from the end of this year (Windpower Monthly, November 1994).