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.

Tender Watch

Netherlands In-Depth

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.

Wind professor gives his last lecture

Wind professor gives his last lecture

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.

Windtech: Two-bladed concept claims 40-year life

Windtech: Two-bladed concept claims 40-year life

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

Latest Netherlands news

GE's 12MW Haliade-X due for tests in Rotterdam

The first prototype of the 12MW Haliade-X turbine will be installed in Rotterdam in the Netherlands this summer, manufacturer GE has announced.

Netherlands offers 700MW subsidy-free

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch government is again offering the rights to build and operate 700MW in the North Sea without subsidy.

Damen unveils US-focused design

NETHERLANDS: Dutch shipbuilder Damen has unveiled a new crew transfer vessel designed with the US offshore wind market in mind.

Illness and supply delays hit Sif's profits

NETHERLANDS: Sif Group made an operating loss in the third quarter due to a delayed start to the production of foundations for Borssele III and IV and a "relatively high absence rate due to illness", it stated.

Tennet unveils new Dutch connection

NETHERLANDS: Transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet is working on a 380kV high-voltage transmission line to help transport electricity from North Sea wind farms to cities in the north of the country.

Subscribe to Windpower Monthly