Offshore wind energy
The Netherlands is working on sustainable, reliable and available energy that is affordable for everybody. It is vitally important that we switch to sustainable energy. Not just because of climate change and the diminishing availability of fossil fuels. But also so that we are less dependent on international energy suppliers.
National Energy Agreement
In the National Energy Agreement, more than 40 parties have agreed that 16% of energy must be generated sustainably by 2023. All of the available sustainable energy sources are needed in order to achieve that target. Offshore wind energy is an indispensable part of this. It has been agreed that offshore wind energy should be generating a total of 4,450 MW of electricity by 2023. This can supply electricity to more than 5 million households. That means an extra 3,450 MW on top of the 1,000 MW that has already been built or is under construction .
Offshore wind farms
In September 2014, the Government chose three areas in which offshore wind farms will be developed in the years to come: off the coast of Zeeland, North Holland and South Holland. A new system has been designed to realise the wind farms and new legislation is under preparation. The relevant decisions have been recorded in the 'Roadmap’.
The Ministries of Economic Affairs and of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Rijkswaterstaat Sea and Delta are working together to realise the objectives of the Offshore Wind Energy programme. The wind energy sector, the offshore stakeholders, the coastal government organisations and local residents are all involved in realising the plans.
Wind energy entrepreneurs can find relevant information (SDE regulation, legislation, technical specifications and tender) at RVO.nl.