01 Dec '12, 3pm

Dutch coalition government pledges support for wind power @greenfollower11 #green #windpower

While it is not yet clear what role the different renewable technologies will play, nor how the money will be allocated, the Dutch bank ING estimates that meeting the target will require an additional 12GW of wind energy, up from the current 2.48GW. In regard to offshore wind, all that the coalition has said so far is that it will streamline the permitting process and work with the industry to bring costs down. But this is still good news for a sector that has been on hold since 2011, when the previous government announced that offshore wind was too expensive and scrapped the target of 6GW by 2020. Cost is still likely to be a crucial factor, however, especially given government plans to cut spending by EUR28 billion by 2017. The coalition has said it will continue to support the Green Deal, a joint initiative launched with the wind industry in 2011, which promises to cut ...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/go/europe/news/1161704/Du...

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