CO2 reduction target met by Dutch power companies

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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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