The 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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