Netherlands bailing out of wind energy

Jan 21, 2011


“The Dutch Lose Faith in Windmills”

—Karel Beckman and Alexander Haje, The European Energy Review (1/13/11)

The new Dutch right-wing government has announced a radical overhaul of Dutch energy policy. It is cutting subsidies for most forms of renewable energy drastically, and is even putting an end to all subsidies for offshore wind, solar power and largescale biomass. It has also announced a warm welcome for new nuclear power stations—the first time a Dutch government has done so since the Chernobyl-disaster in 1986.

However, not all is lost for the renewable energy sector: the cabinet is still brooding on a long-term strategy and a “Green Deal” that might yet put the Netherlands back on a “greener” course.

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