Sustainable energy biggest loser in provincial elections

Wind energy was the biggest loser in the recent provincial elections, says Trouw in an editorial on Tuesday.

The new provincial governments of the provinces of Noord-Holland and Friesland have already said there will be very few, if any, new wind farms built on land, says the paper.
Noord-Holland wants to get rid of existing land-based wind turbines and will only locate new ones in the sea in future. But, says Trouw, wind energy from the sea is much more expensive than that from the land, making it less of a competitor for oil and coal powered energy.
In Friesland, the new government says wind farms will be allowed, but only on the outer edges of the province. And it, too, wants to get rid of existing wind turbines.
According to Trouw’s editorial, the time when talking about sustainability was hip and cost nothing is over. The landscape will have to change if the Netherlands is to have green energy.
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