Onshore

Increase in renewable energy generation pushes intraday trading volume in 2019

The Netherlands produced slightly more electricity in 2019 (97 TWh) compared to 2018 (93 TWh). 2019 also saw an increase in the intraday trade volume. These are some of the findings in TenneT’s Annual Market Update 2019. The total generation in the Netherlands increased due to coal-to-gas switching resulting from higher generator margins for gas-fired power plants. Improved competitiveness…

WindEurope launches online info hub on impacts COVID-19

WindEurope, the European wind energy association, launched an online information hub today that informs on the impacts of COVID-19 on the wind industry. The wind energy association responds to the dynamic developments around the pandemic, The hub details all impacts of COVID-19 on the wind supply chain, changes in Government energy policies and Government measures to…

NWEA warns for wrong turbine choice in Regional Energy Strategies

While at the moment the draft Regional Energy Strategies (RES) are being drawn, the Dutch wind energy association NWEA warns for a potentially wrong choice of wind turbine to base calculations on. According to the wind energy association it has received several signs that 3 MW wind turbines, the currently most installed onshore wind turbine,…

Mitsubishi and Chubu Electric Power complete acquisition Eneco

The consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. officially completed the full acquisition of all Eneco shares today. All 44 municipal shareholders of Eneco (which together hold 100% of the Eneco shares) have agreed to the proposed sale. With the approval of the Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate in the Netherlands,…

Rabobank Project Finance on financing wind projects in rapidly changing times

When the first offshore wind farm was built in Dutch waters, no one at that time would have been able to foresee how quickly the price per megawatt hour would drop. Neither did the Rabobank. A conversation with Marc Schmitz and Pieter Plantinga, managing director and executive director respectively at Rabobank’s project finance department, responsible…

Turbine installation at Wieringermeer Wind Farm is halfway

Vattenfall reached a milestone when wind turbine number 41 in Wieringermeer Wind Farm was installed. This means that half of the in total 82 Nordex N117/3600 windturbines by Vattenfall are now installed.  Also this week, contractor BAM Infra reported on social media that it had completed the construction of all foundations. In total around 54,735…

Start investigation expansion Nieuwe Waterweg Wind Farm

Eneco, renewable developer FMT, the Delfland water authority and waste disposal company Renewi have signed an agreement to explore the possibilities for an expansion of the Nieuwe Waterweg wind farm. The current wind farm, located at the Nieuwe Waterweg in the municipality of Rotterdam, comprises 6 wind turbines, type Vestas 112. It has been operational…

SDE+ spring 2020 published

On 12 March the categories for the SDE+ spring 2020 scheme were published in the Staatscourant [Government Gazette). The application round runs from 17 March to 2 April 2020. In this round, a budget of 4 billion Euro has been made available. The subsidy round is made available for renewable electricity, renewable gas, renewable heat or a combination…

Long read: Developing wind onshore is an organic process

In 1995, Dutch entrepreneur Alfons Wispels founded Raedthuys to develop onshore wind energy. What started with a single turbine on a farmer’s grounds in Zeewolde, Flevoland, developed overtime into a mature company that currently owns and operates 70 wind turbines located all over the country, has another 60 granted and now also develops solar energy.…