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CO2 reduction target met by Dutch power companies

Dutch power companies have reached the targeted 17 million tonne reduction in CO2 set out in the 1991 Environmental Action Plan (MAP), according to a provisional report from utility federation EnergieNed. Without MAP, agreed between the utilities and the government and financed by a 1-2% levy on energy prices, Dutch CO2 emissions would have been 10% higher, says EnergieNed. A break down of the savings shows that renewables contributed 13.5% of the reduction -- 2.5% less than promised as the 1.5 billion kWh generated from renewables in 2000 should have been 1.7 billion kWh. The biggest reductions (44%) were booked by combined heat and power plant, while domestic power savings accounted for 25% and increased commercial efficiency accounted for 15%. The renewables shortfall is blamed on permitting difficulties for new wind plant arising from rampant "not in my backyard" opposition.

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