NL is likely to reach green energy targets, planning agencies say

Solar panels on new housing in Amsterdam. Photo:
Solar panels on new housing in Amsterdam. Photo:

So many plans for wind and solar parks have been published that the Netherlands is likely to reach its green energy targets by 2030, according to the regional energy strategy board RES.

The combination of current production plus plans submitted by the country’s 30 regional energy boards adds up to 55 terrawatt hours, well above the 35TWh target, the strategy board said.

And while some plans will not materialise, ultimately between 35 and 46 TWh from alternative energy sources will be added to the mix, the Netherlands environmental assessment board (PBL) said.

There are still several problems to be overcome, including a shortage of capacity in the electricity grid and legal challenges to wind parks.

In addition, the shortage of technical staff ‘could well be the biggest problem,’ PBL chief Jan Matthijsen said at Thursday’s press conference.

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