Dutch offshore wind roadmap 2024-2030

The Dutch government has announced plans to realise new wind farms in the North Sea with a total additional capacity of 7 GW during the period 2024 to 2030. In addition to the 4.5 GW which will be installed up to and including 2023, this would increase the total installed capacity of offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea … Read more

New approach Dutch offshore wind tenders

On 28 June 2017, the Minister of Economic Affairs announced in a letter to Parliament that the tender for sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm is scheduled to open in autumn. As the Minister cannot exclude the possibility that a non-subsidised bid will be submitted, the tender will first open for non-subsidised bids only. If … Read more

Update on offshore wind energy: SDE+ Subsidy and Permit tender Borssele Wind Farm Sites I and II open as of 10 April 2016

Opening of SDE+ Subsidy and Permit tender Borssele Wind Farm Sites On 8 April 2016, the final Wind Farm Site Decisions I and II (Kavelbesluit I en II windenenergiegebied Borssele) were published in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant). This was the last formal hurdle to be overcome in order for the first Borssele subsidy tender to open. The application forms in … Read more

Update on offshore wind energy: legislative proposal to amend the Dutch Electricity Act 1998 adopted by Dutch Senate

On 22 March 2016, the majority of the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) voted in favor of the legislative proposal to amend the Dutch Electricity Act 1998 of Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs (please click here to view the legislative proposal ‘Amendment of the Electricity Act 1998 (timely realization objectives Energy Agreement’) (Wijziging van de Elektriciteitswet 1998 (tijdig realiseren doelstellingen Energieakkoord)). … Read more

Update on offshore wind energy: legislative proposal to amend the Dutch Electricity Act 1998 adopted by Dutch House of Representatives

Within two months after the rejection of the STROOM Bill by the Dutch Senate, the Dutch House of Representatives has adopted a new legislative proposal to amend the Dutch Electricity Act 1998. Please find below an update on the offshore wind energy legislation. If this legislative proposal is also adopted by the Dutch Senate before the end of March 2016, … Read more

Update on offshore wind energy: letter of the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs dated 22 January 2016

On 22 December 2015, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) rejected the legislative proposal referred to as the STROOM Bill. The STROOM Bill comprised a merger between the Electricity Act 1998 and the Gas Act, which aimed, inter alia, to provide a statutory basis for the offshore grid and to designate TenneT as the offshore transmission system operator. The political reason … Read more

Draft decisions for sites I and II of the Borssele wind farm zone are available for consultation until 17 September 2015

The draft decisions for sites I and II of the Borssele wind farm zone were made available for consultation on Friday 7 August 2015. Anyone may respond to the draft decisions by filing a ‘view’. The location for the wind farms and the applicable conditions are determined in the wind farm site decisions. Therefore the contents of these decisions are … Read more

Update: Consultation by TenneT on the legal framework regarding the offshore electricity grid, new drafts online

TenneT has published new documentation in respect of the development of the offshore electricity grid through which future offshore wind farms will be connected to the existing onshore grid. The new documentation includes the: (i)                draft Realisation Agreement (REA); (ii)               draft Connection & Transmission Agreement (CTA); and (iii)              draft General Terms & Conditions. The REA … Read more

Outlines of the subsidy rules for Borssele wind farm zone established

The subsidy tender for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms is increasingly taking shape. With the Offshore Wind Energy Act already having entered into force on 1 July 2015, the Regulation on Offshore Wind Energy 2015 and the Implementation Regulation on Offshore Wind Energy have now also been published in the Government Gazette on 3 July 2015. Both Regulations will enter … Read more

Offshore Wind Energy Act to enter into force on 1 July 2015

The Offshore Wind Energy Act was promulgated in the Bulletin of Acts and Decrees today and will enter into force on 1 July 2015. Accordingly, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, has achieved his objective of guiding this law through the House of Representatives and the Senate in time. Entry into force of the Act on 1 July 2015 … Read more