On-shore wind turbines will overtake nuclear power plants as the cheap alternative to fossil fuels, according to a draft report leaked to the AD newspaper today.
According to the report by the Energy Research Centre (ECN), the cost price of electricity production – around 6.6 euro-cents per kilowatt hour – is already comparable.
However nuclear power is more expensive if the additional costs of security against terrorist attacks is taken into account. Meanwhile technological advancement will make wind power increasingly cheaper in the coming years.
The report was commissioned by one of the social and economic council (SER), one of the government’s most important advisory bodies, which is currently looking into whether the Netherlands should expand its nuclear power production. It currently has just one plant located at Borssele.
The SER hopes to make its recommendations to the cabinet at the end of this year.