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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

Vattenfall readies first three-way hybrid

Vattenfall has arranged the finance to build a new hybrid project in the Netherlands, investing €35 million to add solar and battery components to an under-construction wind site.

Community owners take leap of faith for 320MW repowering

More than 200 farmers and landowners have joined forces to make the most of the last days of state subsidies and sign supply contracts even before project financing can be arranged.

Enercon hints at 5MW platform

German manufacturer Enercon has completely subsumed Lagerwey into its business and is planning a leap in to the 5MW class, based on the Dutch firm's technology.

GE's Cypress prototype installed in the Netherlands

GE Renewable Energy's largest onshore wind turbine in the field, a 5.3-158 prototype, is now fully operational and producing power at a site in Wieringermeer, the Netherlands.

Vattenfall and Eneco repower Dutch site

Vattenfall and Eneco have completed repowering a wind farm on the Dutch coast, nearly doubling its capacity to 50.4MW.

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