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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 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 reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

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 »

September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Afgebrande windmolen staat nog overeind

De woensdag door brand vernielde windmolen in Zeewolde staat nog overeind. Aanvankelijk werd gevreesd dat de molen in zou kunnen storten of dat wieken af zouden kunnen breken. Maar vanmorgen was alles nog als gisteren. De regen heeft ook de laatste restjes rook verdreven. Volgens melkveehouder Geurt Kets, eigenaar van de molen aan het Lepelaarpad, moet de verzekering nu bepalen hoe groot de schade is. Verder moet worden onderzocht of het nog een optie is de turbine te repareren of . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Monteurs lichtgewond bij brand in windmolen

Twee monteurs zijn woensdagmiddag gewond geraakt bij een brand in een windmolen aan het Lepelaarpad in Zeewolde. De mannen liepen verwondingen op aan hun handen, maar zijn veilig beneden gekomen. Woordvoerder Geertjan Veenstra van de brandweer meldt dat ze zijn onderzocht door ambulancepersoneel omdat ze ook rook hebben ingeademd. Het vuur was rond 16.00 uur uitgewoed. Een ooggetuige hoorde kort na het middaguur een enorme knal en zag vervolgens vlammen uit de 70 meter hoge windmolen komen. De omgeving van . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Monteurs lichtgewond bij brand in windmolen Zeewolde

‘Die molen is 70 meter hoog, dan is blussen geen optie’ In een windmolen in Zeewolde woedt brand. Twee onderhoudsmonteurs zijn daarbij gewond geraakt aan hun handen. Toen de brand uitbrak waren de monteurs aan het werk in de buurt van de wieken. Welke werkzaamheden ze uitvoerden is niet duidelijk; mogelijk ging het om regulier onderhoud. Enorme knal Volgens Omroep Flevoland hoorde een getuige ineens een enorme knal. Daarna kwamen er vlammen uit de windmolen. De omgeving is afgezet. De . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Technicians hurt in Zeewolde windmill fire

Two technicians were injured when a windmill in Zeewolde they were working on caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. They sustained injuries on their hands, AD report. The fire started around noon. The fire department responded en masse. Ambulances were also deployed to treat the technicians. Due to the high altitude of the fire, the fire department can’t actually extinguish it. It was therefore decided to let the fire burn itself out. According to spokesperson Geertjan Veenstra, they considered calling in . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Dutch probe turbine fire; Fire brigade on site at wind farm at Zeewolde

A turbine caught fire today at a wind farm at Zeewolde in the Netherlands, according to local media reports and turbine service company Bettink. The reports said that the fire broke out about 12 midday local time. Technicians from Bettink were on site at the time of the fire, the company said. A statement from the company said the fire brigade were on site and the cause is being investigated. More information will be available as soon as it is . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms add to woes of Dutch fishing fleet

Plans to extend the number Dutch offshore wind farms are adding to the problems faced by the Dutch North Sea fishing fleet, said the Financieele Dagblad on Monday. Proposals presented last Friday call for offshore wind farm capacity of 4,450 megawatts to be added until 2031, with capacity hiked to 10,000 megawatts by 2030. The wind farms would cover several thousand square kilometres in the North Sea. But with the major shipping lanes, large nature reserves, sand-mining areas and other . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Raids, arrests in €8 million wind energy fraud case

Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports. According to FIOD, the now bankrupt Hollandsche Wind was used to commit Ponsi fraud – an illegal pyramid scheme. Investors paid a minimum of 5 thousand euros and were promised high returns on wind energy . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of wind, low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners

A lack of wind and low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners hard last year, according to new figures from wind power cooperative Windunie. In total, the amount of electricity generated by wind power fell by 20% last year, Windunie said. ‘It’s a risk,’ director Axel Posthumus, told the Volkskrant. ‘You have bad years. However, the low energy prices (down to 2004 levels) have delivered a second blow.’ Some of the 400 turbine owners in the cooperative actually made a . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2016 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Dutch to stop subsidizing renewables in long-term climate strategy

The Netherlands will gradually phase out subsidizes for renewable energy and shift its climate change strategy to areas such as energy saving and carbon capture, the government said on Wednesday. A week ago, the Netherlands announced a 33 percent increase in subsidies for solar, wind, geothermal and other projects to 12 billion euros ($12.9 billion) in 2017, from 9 billion euros in 2016, as it struggles to reach 2020 targets. But the “Energy Agenda” published by the Economic Affairs ministry . . . Complete story »

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