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Wind Power News: Netherlands


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 1, 2023 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Vattenfall to dismantle Dutch wind farm early after turbine collapse

Vattenfall has decided not to reactivate turbines at a Dutch wind farm after a machine collapsed during stormy conditions earlier this year. It put the remaining turbines at its 17MW Eemmeerdijk wind farm in Zeevolde into a safe operating mode after one of the 17 two-bladed 1MW NedWind units collapsed in early January. However, it will take too long to complete the necessary checks for each turbine before resuming operations, so Vattenfall will now move to dismantle them, the company . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2023 • Blogs, Netherlands, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Thousands of gannets will perish as North Sea ‘wind parks’ expand

The Netherlands government plans to industrialise the North Sea by building thousands of wind turbines, as it attempts to meet goals proposed under the Climate Agreement. When Dutch citizens objected to renewable energy projects in their countryside, the government turned its attention to offshore development. But at what cost to the environment? 5000 giant turbines killing 8000+ birds each year… Plans for 5000 giant turbines in the North Sea have caused alarm in some environmental circles, even though the Dutch . . . Complete story »

January 5, 2023 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Bovenste deel van windmolen afgebroken op dijk bij Zeewolde [Wind turbine breaks in wind]

Op een dijk nabij Zeewolde is het bovenste deel van een windmolen afgebroken. De brandweer meldt dat er niemand gewond is geraakt. De brandweer in Flevoland plaatste op Twitter een filmpje van de “geknakte” windmolen, waarop te zien is dat er flinke brokstukken op en naast de dijk liggen. Een woordvoerder van energiebedrijf Vattenfall zegt dat de andere zestien molens van het park langs de dijk tussen Zeewolde en Almere uit voorzorg zijn stilgezet. Verder is er een team van . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Geluidsoverlast door windmolens: dit is wat Zembla erover ontdekte

[Thousands of people in the Netherlands are affected by noise nuisance caused by wind turbines. They suffer from insomnia and as a result have all kinds of health problems. Experts warned the government about this years ago. In this article you can read everything Zembla discovered about this.] Duizenden mensen in Nederland hebben te maken met geluidsoverlast door windmolens. Ze lijden aan slapeloosheid en hebben als gevolg daarvan allerlei gezondheidsklachten. Experts hebben de overheid hier jaren geleden al voor gewaarschuwd. . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Elektriciteitsnet is vol: Geen nieuwe windmolens, zonnedaken en zonneweides meer in groot deel Noord-Holland

[Grid full: No more wind turbines and solar panels in large part of North Holland] Netbeheerder Liander komt steeds meer in de problemen doordat het elektriciteitsnet ’vol’ zit. Daardoor worden projecten voor grote zonnedaken, zonneweiden en windmolens in een groot deel van Noord-Holland Noord door Liander in de ijskast gezet. Ook vraagt Liander aan ondernemers in Noord-Holland Noord hun elektriciteitsproductie of -afname te verplaatsen naar een rustiger moment. De netwerkbeheerder vergelijkt de beschikbare capaciteit met een snelweg. Op drukke momenten . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2022 • Netherlands, Nova Scotia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Woods, wetlands make poor hosts for wind farms

Re: “Anti-turbine NIMBYs a far cry from enlightened Holland.” I read with interest Janet Bickerton’s June 24 Reader’s Corner. I believe one should use caution when making observations while on vacation, as they are often based on assumptions that may or may not be rooted in fact. In the case of wind turbine parks in The Netherlands (Holland), I can assure you the same heated discussions occur in Ms. Bickerton’s vacation destination as in Nova Scotia. I know. I am . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Maritime “crash barriers” to avert collisions with wind turbines

Dutch maritime research institute MARIN this week tested three innovative barriers aimed at averting collisions between ships and wind turbines. The research was prompted by the incident involving the Julietta D on 31 January this year. This drifting bulk carrier initially collided with a tanker before hitting a transformer platform and a turbine foundation for the Hollandse Kust Zuid windfarm currently under construction. A collision with an installed wind turbine carries a real risk of the turbine toppling onto the . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Residents vow to fight wind turbine plan as Amsterdam presses ahead

Locals opposed to Amsterdam council’s plans to build wind turbines within the city boundaries are hoping to organise a referendum in the province, in an effort to make sure the new turbines are far enough away from housing. Currently, turbines have to be at least 600 metres away from housing in Noord-Holland, but provincial officials want to ditch the limit, and Amsterdam officials have said they want to start the development process now, before national government comes up with new . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

White-tailed eagle, once again tagged in the Netherlands, killed by wind turbine

In the early morning of January 31, 2022, the White-tailed Eagle flew from the sleeping tree on the edge of the Oostvaardersplassen into the nature reserve, probably to forage. After a short period of rest in the swamp, the bird left the area around 10:50 am in an easterly direction, crossed the A6 highway and navigated into the polder of Southern Flevoland. Immediately after crossing the A6, the bird ended up in a wind farm, along the Roerdomptocht between the . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

A lot of hot air? Controversy grows about wind turbines’ impact on health

Wind power seems like the ideal renewable energy resource for the Dutch. It is cost-effective, has a low carbon footprint, and uses a resource the Netherlands has in abundance – wind. This week, however, MPs have been hearing from experts about the impact of wind turbines on health – particularly the regular sweeping sound as the blades turn. Wind power currently accounts for over 11% of electricity production in the Netherlands and the new government plans to increase that substantially . . . Complete story »

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