The Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA)

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The Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA) is the Dutch sector association working to increase sustainable wind energy on land and at sea. NWEA unites the wind sector in the Netherlands and accelerates the transition towards a renewable energy supply by spurring businesses and governments to invest in wind energy. NWEA actively promotes the utilisation of wind power in the Netherlands, on land and offshore.

The activities of NWEA are mainly aimed at the national government. NWEA initiates and supports policy change to optimise wind energy deployment both onshore and offshore. Among the over 300 members of NWEA are developers of wind parks, owners of wind turbines, manufacturers, constructors, research institutes, electricity providers, consultants and maintenance companies. 

NWEA is a member of WindEurope, the European wind energy association, and the Dutch Association of Sustainable Energy (NVDE).

Download the list of NWEA members

The future of wind energy in the Netherlands: participation and cost efficiency

NWEA has a substantiated view on the future of the Dutch energy supply. In our manifesto we project that by 2025, wind energy will no longer need government support. NWEA believes that up to 50% of new onshore wind projects should be open for participation by the local community, by citizens and companies. Furthermore, regions must carry the financial responsibility for the generation of renewable energy. Read the manifesto here.

NWEA's vision for the year 2030

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The transition towards a completely renewable energy supply by 2050 is in full swing. This transition is necessary to prevent further climate change and pollution of our environment and air. It also provides opportunities: chances to create jobs in the Netherlands and opportunities to reduce the Netherlands’ dependency on energy imported from abroad. In order to ensure that this renewable energy supply is realised as quickly and cheaply as possible, it is essential to offer investment security to investors in renewable energy. Therefor it is necessary to take decisions now with regard to energy policies in the 2020-2030 timeframe.

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NWEA Mission and Vision

Mission:

The sustainable sector association NWEA (the Netherlands Wind Energy Association) is working with all stakeholders inside and outside the wind sector to expand wind power as an essential part of the renewable Dutch energy supply.

Vision:
Wind energy is a particularly clean and cost-efficient power source. Through the centuries-old Dutch tradition with windmills, our knowhow and our geographical location the Netherlands is well-positioned to harvest wind for electricity. In combination with other renewable energy sources, innovative wind power offers an optimal harmony between people, planet and profit, with profit shifting towards purpose: working from the heart and from an intrinsic motivation to improve the world.

NWEA is convinced that a careful balance between these three interests offers the best guarantee for a reliable, sustainable Dutch energy supply. That is why we work in complete transparency with local, national and international companies, energy cooperatives, civil society, the government and citizens to bring about the economic, technical and political conditions which are needed for acceptance and the realisation of wind turbines on land and at sea. NWEA additionally facilitates the further electrification of society, for example in the field of transport. In this way we contribute to a fully sustainable world by 2050.

Offshore wind: status and outlook for the Netherlands

The Netherlands was one of the first countries in the world to complete offshore wind farms. The first two, Egmond aan Zee (2007) and Prinses Amalia (2008), have a total capacity of 228MW. It took a number of years to expand capacity. This was reached in September 2015 with the project Luchterduinen. It comprises of 43 turbines with a combined capacity of 129MW. Gemini, 85km north of the Netherlands, will become fully operational in 2017 with an installed capacity of 600MW. Furthermore the ‘in-shore’ project of ‘Westermeerwind’ was realised in 2016 in the IJsselmeer lake and has a capacity of 100MW.

In September 2013 the ‘Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth’ was agreed upon by the Dutch Government, the Dutch industry association, employers, trade unions and NGOs. In this agreement the renewable energy target for the Netherlands is set at 14% for 2020 and 16% in 2023 (currently about 6%). A substantial role is attributed to offshore wind.

Through the Energy Agreement 700MW of offshore wind will be added yearly for 5 consecutive years (first tender end of 2015). In 2015 a new law for offshore wind energy was agreed by the Dutch Parliament which regulates the agreements made for offshore wind energy in the Energy Agreement.

In 2016 the first tender was held. The subsidy and permits for the Borssele Wind Farm Sites I and II were awarded to DONG Energy for a record price excluding transmission costs of 72.70 euros per MWh. These two sites are expected to be completed in mid-2020 and are to be built more than 22 kilometres off the coast of the province of Zeeland.

The Dutch government chose for a new tender system with plots wherein the winner with the lowest MWh price will be granted both the concession to build as well as a ‘SDE+’ subsidy for 15 years. The roll-out scheme for offshore wind will be regulated in the ‘The Wind Energy Roadmap’ which is set by the Minister of Economic Affairs. In this roadmap a total of 3500 MW will be tendered to become operational in 2023.

The grid to the shore including the transformer stations will be built by TenneT. The complete operation demands a tremendous amount of work. NWEA will continue to assist its members and the government to realise these ambitions throughout 2016.