The Dutch government confirmed on Friday that it will allocate three new areas for wind farms at sea. At the same time, it also confirmed two previously designated areas. Together, the five areas account for 10.7 GW of wind energy.
In the Dutch sector of the North Sea, a total of 750 to 800 wind turbines will be installed, adding an additional 10 GW of offshore wind capacity. This will result in a two-fold increase in wind power capacity from the previous ambition of 11.5 GW to around 21 GW by 2030.
The areas are part of the North Sea Programme and are located north and northwest of the country. This summer, the government will decide where exactly the wind farms will be located within the designated areas in the Routekaart 2030+.
When designating the wind energy areas, careful consideration was given to the other interests in the North Sea, such as shipping, fisheries, nature, and defence, said Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy.
The government proposes to use the Climate Fund to pay for part of the expenditure. The amount involved is €1.69 billion. This is part of the elaboration of the Climate Fund, which the Cabinet will send to the Lower House before the summer. This includes budget for shipping safety, sustainability and adjustment of the fishing industry, strengthening and protection of the North Sea ecosystem. But also for the spatial integration of the electricity connection on land. The procedures for these connections have already started or will start soon, in close consultation with the local residents.
The 3 new wind energy areas have been given the following names: Nederwiek, Lagelander, Doordewind. The names came from a naming contest in which almost 6000 people participated. The other two areas that have been reaffirmed are the northern part of IJmuiden Ver and the southern part of Hollandse Kust (west).
This increase in wind energy generation in the North Sea will be used to support green Dutch industry if the Netherlands is to meet its climate goals for 2030 and beyond. The Dutch Wind Energy Association, NWEA, states in a reaction that the message is ‘hopeful, but at the same time an intermediate position’. For a climate-neutral society, further growth to >72 gigawatt of offshore wind is needed.