Wind Energy – The Netherlands on track
The Netherlands will meet its targets for offshore wind energy in 2023.
By the end of the year, it will have 4.7 GW of offshore wind farm capacity operating in the Dutch North Sea.
These projects meet approximately 15.8% of total current electricity demand in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch Offshore Wind Market Report 2023, published by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in April 2023.
Emelie de Wagt, senior offshore wind policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, presented the market update report to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson on Tuesday 25 April..
The Dutch Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2023 aimed for an installed offshore wind capacity of 4.5 GW by the end of 2023. This will be achieved within time and budget. Through its proactive policy, the Netherlands has also been able to significantly reduce offshore wind costs. For example, € 7 billion has already been saved at the Borssele I-IV wind farms (2016). Prices fell from around € 0.17/kWh in 2019 to € 0.04/kWh in 2018, with the first subsidy-free wind farm in the world: Hollandse Kust (zuid) I and II. Development time of offshore wind farms has also been reduced, down from 7-10 years to 3-4 years.