The Netherlands is making strides toward the country’s renewable energy targets: 14% renewable energy sources (RES) by 2020 and 16% RES by 2023 of total energy demand.
In 2017, the new subsidy-free auction system was opened for subsidy-free applications for the Wind Farm Site I (350 MW) and II (350 MW) of Hollandse Kust Zuid. These tenders will be decided in March 2018. This system is a result of the successful previous tenders (Borssele I, II, III, and IV), where already record low prices for offshore wind energy have been realized.
This means that by the end of the year, 1,482 MW offshore are under construction or nearly under construction: Borssele I/II, 752 MW to be realized by Ørsted; Borssele III/IV, 732MW to be realized by Blauwwind); and the aforementioned 700 MW at Hollandse Kust Zuid.
To learn more about wind energy in the Netherlands, please read their chapter in the IEA Wind TCP 2017 Annual Report