Dutch government opts for subsidy-free offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy is developing so fast that a scenario to realize a wind farm without subsidy becomes realistic. In order to respond to these developments, parties are offered the opportunity to issue a subsidy-free bid for the lots I and II of the Dutch Coastal wind farm that will be opened this fall.

Minister Kamp: 'The developments around wind at sea follow up at a rapid pace. Three years ago, it was expected that up to 18 billion euros would be required for the five wind farms for the Zeeland and Dutch coasts. That included 4 billion for the net at sea, needed to get the power on land. Meanwhile, the cost has been more than halved and is expected to fall further. I will now give companies the opportunity to tender for the next wind farm - that is for the South Holland coast - without a subsidy. "

Zeven wind farms

Until 2023, the Netherlands will be working hard on the construction of five wind farms belonging to the largest in the world. Each wind farm has a capacity of 700 megawatts. The Energy Agenda presented by the government at the end of last year, includes another 7 wind farms with a capacity of 1000 megawatts each. On the basis of the most recent tender for plots 3 and 4 of the Borssele wind farm, the expectation was that no more subsidies would be required for wind farms in 2023. Despite the fact that developments in Germany are not quite comparable with those in the Netherlands (the German wind farms will be introduced 2 to 3 years later, which will enable the winner to benefit from further technical progress, and the higher wind speeds), the possibility of a Dutch wind farm at sea probably has been the case before.

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