Monday 24 February 2020

Wind energy producers replace old turbines with new to beat subsidy stop

Dutch farm landscape with windmills and road from above, The NetherlandsWind energy producers are planning to demolish at least 172 turbines and replace them with new ones in order to qualify for €350m in green energy subsidies, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.

The paper says research by an association representing people who live near the turbines shows that local councils have had a surge of permit requests to replace turbines ahead of the December 31 deadline.

The turbines no long qualify for subsidies from next year but are still in good working order. However, it is more financially attractive for energy firms to take them down, sell them second hand and get subsidies for the new turbine, the paper says.

The NLVOW says most of the turbines scheduled for replacement could run for a further 10 to 15 years.

The economic affairs ministry has changed the regulations, removing the financial advantage for new turbines, from next year.

Parliament is due to debate sustainable energy on Monday.

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