NWEA's vision for the year 2030
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.
According to the Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA) the following aspects are crucial in this area:
• Implementation of the current Energy Agreement and establishment of a new Energy Agreement for the 2020-2030 period;
• A national renewable energy target of 33% of the total energy supply by 2030 and a target of a completely renewable energy supply by 2050;
• Continuation of the tender system for offshore wind energy, in which the roll-out of offshore wind energy is linked to a target for reducing the costs;
• Scaling up offshore wind energy by at least 1 gigawatt (GW) of additional capacity annually. This will ensure a 60% cost reduction by 2030;
• Continuation of the ‘SDE+’ incentive scheme;
• Adjustment of the current spatial policies for onshore wind energy after 2020: the national renewable energy target must be translated to regional targets, and an area-specific approach – in which financial responsibility is shifted to the region – must be adopted.
In combination with other sustainable sources of energy and smart solutions for energy networks and storage, these preconditions for wind energy will ensure that the Netherlands is taking effective strides towards a completely renewable energy supply by 2050. Wind energy will retain its essential role in the renewable energy mix.
Per installed megawatt (MW) of capacity, wind energy is the cleanest source of renewable energy. Wind energy is cheap (especially onshore wind energy) and provides a powerful economic boost by reinforcing the Netherlands’ export position with regard to offshore wind.
Wind energy is crucial to realising the transition towards a fully renewable energy supply, not only in technical terms but also in social respect. Wind energy boasts a long history, but it is also a hotbed of innovation. Wind energy is visible and tangible, it belongs to everyone in society, therefor facilitating sustainable choices among the public.