Dutch government approves space for eleven new large wind farms

The Dutch government has approved the location for the development of eleven new large wind farms in the country. In consultation with the provinces, the Dutch government has designated 11 areas where, till 2020, new large wind farms can be developed.

The government approved 1370 MW of to-be-developed wind farms within the province of Flevoland, making it the largest contributor for wind energy development in the country.

Other approved locations are: Eemshaven Delfzijl, N33, Drenthe peat, Wieringermeer IJsselmeer North, VIC, Noordoostpolder Road, Port of Rotterdam, Goeree-Overflakkee and Krammersluizen.

This year, the provinces will come with additional places where smaller wind projects can be developed. Altogether, the government wants to generate 6000 megawatts of wind energy to supply more than 4 million households before 2020.

Just last week, the Dutch government also agreed a plan of minister Henk Kamp and Wilma Mansveld (secretary minister of Environment) to further ‘green growth’. The Dutch government is aiming for a complete sustainable energy system by 2050. Figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recently showed that last year just a little more electricity was generated from wind, hydro, solar and biomass.

In 2012, a total of 12.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable electricity was generated in The Netherlands. The increase was mainly due to the greater contribution of wind turbines, which rose with about 100 megawatts to 2,431 megawatts.