Dutch lag behind EU in wind energy

Dutch farm landscape with windmills and road from above, The NetherlandsThe Netherlands is lagging far behind other European Union countries when it comes to wind energy.

Wind turbines supplied just 5.2% of the Netherlands’ electricity in 2014, way behind Spain with 19.8% and Germany with 10.9%, according to figures published by Eurostat and published in the weekly magazine The Economist.

Renewable sources as a whole make up 4.2% of the country’s energy mix, putting it 26th in the EU, ahead only of Malta and Luxembourg, the figures show.

In June, a court in The Hague ruled that the Dutch government must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020 compared with 1990. The Netherlands is currently on target to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020.

There is considerable opposition to wind farms, both on and off shore, but polls show that over 70% of the Dutch approve of wind energy in principle.

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