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APRIL 2016

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MEANWHILE IN THE WORLD

The Netherlands scores poorly on renewable energy

 

In 2009, the countries of the European Union adopted a Directive with respect to the amount of energy to be generated using ‘renewable’ sources – such as wind energy. Those targets must be met by 2020; the amount for the Netherlands is 14%. The Netherlands is going to have to work very hard if it wants to achieve that ambition. An interim check showed that only 5.5% of the energy consumed in the Netherlands is generated in a sustainable manner. According to data from Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek), only France has had less success. One-third of the European countries have already achieved the agreed targets. The frontrunners are Sweden (53% from renewed sources), Latvia (39%) and Finland (also 39%). On average, all the countries are only 4% away from reaching their targets as stipulated in the Directive. The Netherlands, which has 8.5% to go, is still far from its goal. The Netherlands Court of Audit (Algemene Rekenkamer) concluded already in 2015 that at the current rate, the Netherlands will not be able to achieve its sustainability goals. The Court of Audit has indicated that EUR 12.6 billion in extra investments are needed.

In the meantime, the Gemini Wind Park already has been contributing to achieving that target since 29 February 2016, as that was the moment of ‘first power’: the first energy was generated and reached the Netherlands. In the coming months, a total of 150 wind turbines will be installed in the two sections of the wind farm. It is expected that in 2017, the wind park will be completed and, with a capacity of 600 MW, the wind park will supply sustainable energy to 785,000 Dutch households. Gemini will decrease the Netherland’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1.25 million tonnes annually.

 

 

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