Windpower Monthly rating 5/5
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.
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.
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.
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.
NETHERLANDS: From the earliest days of the wind industry, Gijs van Kuik has contributed research and knowledge, going on to form the minds of a generation of wind-industry leaders.
NETHERLANDS: A radical downwind two-blade prototype has completed a six-month test in the Netherlands. Eize de Vries talks to 2-B Energy's founders on what's next for the 6.2MW 2B6
NETHERLANDS: Offshore contractor Van Oord is launching a second project in the Dutch North Sea investigating how natural conservation and renewable energy generation can be mutually reinforcing.
NETHERLANDS: Vessels contractor Swire Blue Ocean has confirmed that four workers were injured during a "crane related work incident" at the Port of Eemshaven on the Pacific Osprey vessel.
NETHERLANDS: Members of the Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme and piling technology firm Fistuca have successfully tested an installation hammer designed to reduce underwater noise and reduce fatigue damage.
NETHERLANDS: Revenue, earnings and orders in Boskalis' offshore energy segment were down in the first half of the year, but the marine contractor remains positive for the remainder of 2018.
NETHERLANDS: Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord are set to build an 89-turbine near-shore wind farm in the northerly Ijsselmeer Lake.