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Agreement reached on new wind turbine policy

Thursday 13 December 2012

National and provincial government have reached agreement on the locations for hundreds of new wind turbines, ending years of dispute, news agency ANP reports.

The bulk of the new wind parks and turbines will be located in Flevoland province, where strong winds are most prevalent, ANP said. Groningen and Zuid-Holland provinces will also take a large percentage of the new wind parks.

Between 4% and 5% of the Netherlands' energy usage is currently derived from sustainable sources but the government wants to boost the total to 16% within the next seven years. Wind power is a central part of that policy.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Whatever happened to the innovative idea of using ocean and sea currents to power electrical-generation turbines? Wind-powered generators kill countless birds, yet Dutch "animal rights" fanatics seem silent when recharging their iPods is the priority.

By Drawer 22 | 13 December 2012 7:57 PM

@drawer, banning houses and windows will save more birds. http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/wind-turbine-kill-birds.htm
If sea turbines can also be added to increase the sustainable energy, all the better, however the activists will be up in arms about the fish dying then.
Having lived with septic tanks, hand pumped water, log fires and generator electricity I welcome these turbines. Activists should try living on a remote farm where you must be self sufficient. Reality breeds less radical views.

By jaycee | 14 December 2012 1:20 AM

@Drawer 22 - Have you bothered to count the birds dead by the roadside? By this feeble logic we should have banned vehicles decades ago. We need to look at every possible source of renewable energy, technology to harness wind is freely available and can be up and running in months. NL is already well behind others like Germany and needs to catch up fast. Of course ocean currents should also be explored but those technologies are not as mature as wind power is. Good to hear of the agreement, let's get the windmills turning early.

By AC | 14 December 2012 10:41 AM

Ban windmills now, pull them down and recycle the huge amount of steel and concrete into something useful that isnt an eyesore.

By Roger Simons | 14 December 2012 1:26 PM

@drawer: if we are to substitute all fossil fuel based electricity generation, we'll need a lot of energy sources. None of them is completely harmless, so unless you advocate the "self-extinction" of humans (since even using trees or peat to burn as fuel harms the environment as well), compromises will always be needed.

By A.L. | 14 December 2012 1:44 PM

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