Three new wind farms in the North Sea

The Dutch government has designated three areas in the North Sea for new wind farms: north of Schiermonnikoog and west of Petten and IJmuiden.  

In 2030, according to the plans, 40 percent of the total electricity consumption in the Netherlands is generated by wind turbines in the North Sea. Up to now, five offshore wind farms have been planned in the Energy Agreement that will deliver 4.5 gigawatts by 2023. With the new parks there will be 7 gigawatts between 2024 and 2030.

Thes new wind farms involve 15 to 20 billion of investments. From 2021, companies can register for the tender for the wind farms. New wind farms are planned in advance, because consultation is needed with various stakeholders, such as fishermen and coastal municipalities.

Now the Netherlands has a market share of 25 percent of the European market for offshore wind energy. That share is going to grow, the government foresees, providing export opportunities to America and Asia.

Click here for a reaction of NWEA's Hans Timmers and the plans of TenneT.

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