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Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.

Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.

In 2013, the government and 40 other stakeholders signed a so-called ‘Energy deal’, which included targets for percentages of renewable energy production (14% in 2020 and 16% in 2023), which, to a large extent, was expected to be met by expanding wind power production.

The deal also aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind power production by 40%. At the tender for the 700MW Hollandse Kust Zuid site, Vattenfall won the licence to build the project without government subsidy.

Developers lead the charge in to low-cost offshore, but investors are following. Shell Group is developing the Borssele III&IV projects as part of a consortium. The government’s clear, simple permitting process and the fact transmission costs are also taken away from the developer aids confidence of economical projects.

There is interest in the (re)development of onshore wind power plants. The aforementioned legislative proposal, among others, regulates the development of the offshore grid by the Dutch national high voltage grid operator and includes provisions intended to enable grid operators to make the investments and developments necessary for the connection of onshore wind power plants to the grid.

It also includes provisions aimed at making the permitting processes more efficient. Transmission system operator (TSO) Elia inaugurated the 47km, 380kV Stevin line to aid integration of on- and offshore wind.

Tender Watch

Netherlands In-Depth

Enercon prepares new platforms for production

Enercon prepares new platforms for production

Enercon's E-147 EP5 prototype will soon be ready for rollout, marking another significant step in the manufacturer's technology transition. Eize de Vries reports exclusively from Enercon's research and development centre in Aurich.

Exclusive: Enercon steps up product strategy with E-138 EP3 prototype

Exclusive: Enercon steps up product strategy with E-138 EP3 prototype

Installation of Enercon's low- and medium-wind 3.5MW E-138 EP3 prototype was completed in late February. Eize de Vries watched the single-blade mounting progress and outlines the new platform's progress.

Floating offshore takes to the skies

Floating offshore takes to the skies

NETHERLANDS: Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are seeing growing wind industry interest, but it remains an emerging technology set against conventional wind power's track record, production volumes and readiness for market.

A stretch of the legs

A stretch of the legs

NETHERLANDS: After four months on the sidelines in a dry dock, the Seafox 5 DP2 jack-up rig is back in the water ready for the next generation of larger wind turbines.

It's hammer time

It's hammer time

NETHERLANDS: Dutch company Fistuca is about to begin testing a radical new piledriver for offshore monopile foundations that aims to cut noise and installation costs.

Latest Netherlands news

SGRE upgrades Hollandse Kust Zuid turbines to 11MW

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will deliver its newly unveiled 11MW offshore wind turbine model to Vattenfall's zero-subsidy Hollandse Kust Zuid projects in the Netherlands.

GE's 12MW Haliade-X produces first power

GE Renewable Energy has generated first power from its 12MW Haliade-X prototype -- the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine.

First look: Haliade-X blades fitted to prototype

GE Rewnewable Energy has completed the installation of the major components for its 12MW prototype at the Port of Rotterdam.

WindEurope launches corporate PPA 'toolkit'

A free-to-use resource designed to support corporate procurement of renewable energy has been launched on the second day of the RE-Source forum in Amsterdam.

Enercon wins new Dutch order

Enercon will supply turbines to the 60.45MW Windpark Oostpolder in its latest success in the Netherlands.

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