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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 28, 2019 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Entrepreneur withdraws from Drenthe wind farm project over threats

Entrepreneur Ben Timmermans of company Avitec infra & milieu is withdrawing from Drenthe wind farm project De Monden due to a threatening letter he received. Groningen Provincial Deputy Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk (D66) also received a threatening letter regarding a wind farm project in the province. The police are investigating, Dagblad van het Noorden reports. Timmermans received the threatening letter by post at his company in Nieuw-Buinen last week Wednesday. According to DVHN, it read: “What you have built up in . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2019 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Provinces set to miss wind power targets as opposition to energy plans heats up

Most Dutch provinces are set to miss their target for wind energy by the end of next year as a result of legal delays and resistance by political parties. The transition to renewable energy is one of the issues dominating the campaign for next week’s provincial assembles, as planning and power generation falls within their remit. All 12 provinces signed an agreement in 2013 to build enough wind turbines to generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020. The Volkskrant reported . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2018 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms will still need taxpayer subsidies in 2022: audit office

It is not yet possible to build wind farms at sea without government subsidies, the national audit office said on Thursday. The audit office was looking at claims by economic affairs minister Eric Wiebes, who said earlier this year he expected the first offshore Dutch wind farm without government money would come on stream in 2022. The audit office said energy generation at sea is becoming cheaper, and will have gone down 40% in price by 2023, compared with 2013. . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2018 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Some wind farm protesters are radicalised, says counter terrorism unit

The campaign against wind farms in some parts of the Netherlands has become so extreme that protestors could be described as ‘radicalised’ according to the latest analysis of the security situation in the Netherlands by counter terrorism unit NCTV. The protests may not have a ‘classic ideology’ behind them, but given the political aims, they can be described as extremism, the NCTV said. ‘At a local level, citizens take part in democratic protests against wind farms, but in Drenthe and . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind resistance down: Ijsselmeer wind farm project gets green light

Windpark Fryslân, a large wind farm project in the IJsselmeer, has overcome local resistance and can start construction next year, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Thursday. The Council of State, the government’s highest advisory body, ruled on Wednesday that objections that it would harm recreation and employment in the area were unfounded, the FD said. The project in the Frisian sector of the man-made lake, to be completed in 2021, includes 89 wind turbines with total capacity of 320 megawatts, . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2018 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Dutch fishermen to sail fleet into Amsterdam in wind turbine protest

The Netherlands may be the land of the windmill, but fishermen are planning a major protest on Saturday against the Dutch government’s latest wind turbine construction in the North Sea, with an armada of fishing boats sailing into Amsterdam. After alighting from at least 15 boats at the back of Amsterdam’s central station, it is understood that hundreds of fishermen will march to the capital’s Damrak canal, where they will upend bags of small fish deemed too small for sale . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2018 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Swastika spray-painted onto Dutch windmill

A large swastika and a German flag were found spray painted on a windmill next to the A6 highway, between Emmeloord and Lelystad, on Sunday morning. The authorities believe the vandalism happened very recently, though who the perpetrators are is unclear, De Stentor reports. A police spokesperson told the newspaper that they are investigating the case and have informed the owner of the windmill, energy company Innogy. “We certainly take this seriously.” Innogy will press vandalism charges and hopes to . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Windmolen klinkt als goederentrein; buren slapen in de schuur

[Wind turbine sounds like a freight train; neighbors sleep in the barn] Negentien jaar procederen, hoofdpijn en slapeloze nachten. Windmolen Lucky Mill houdt twee Kollumers uit de slaap. De Raad van State spreekt. De gemeente Kollumerland is de mist in gegaan met aanvullende maatregelen tegen het geluid van de draaiende wentelwieken, zegt de hoogste rechter. Kollumerland moet een nieuw handhavingsplan opstellen. Molen als goederentrein De buren zijn Bertus Nijhof en Bertha Hoiting van Brongersmaweg nummer 4. Ze houden van duurzaam, . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Windparkdemonstranten op heterdaad betrapt langs snelweg richting Den Haag

[‘Windfarms in Groningen and Drenthe are the work of green fascists’] De politie heeft maandagochtend in alle vroegte drie mannen in de kraag gevat, kort nadat ze langs de snelweg A12 richting Den Haag een groot spandoek tegen windparken in Groningen en Drenthe hadden opgehangen. ‘Windparken in Groningen en Drenthe is het werk van groene fascisten’, stond in zwarte letters op meterslang wit doek ter hoogte van Moerkapelle en Zevenhuizen. Links daarvan hing een vierkant rood doek met een donkergroen . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Dutch will miss 2020 green energy, climate targets: report

The Netherlands will miss 2020 targets for renewable energy production and greenhouse gas emissions despite new investments in wind power, according to a government review published on Thursday. Based on current projections, green schemes will produce 12.4 percent of the Dutch energy supply by that year, below a 14-percent target agreed with the European Union, the review said. The projects that are in place will have cut damaging emissions by 23 percent from 1990 levels, missing a 25-percent goal agreed . . . Complete story »

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