Province of Groningen urges minister to drive forward farms north of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands

Thursday, 7 September, 2017 - 10:45
(Graphic: Provincie Groningen)

(Graphic: Provincie Groningen)

Offshore wind farm conditions in the Wadden Sea Area above Groningen are excellent. That is the outcome of the report, commissioned by the province of Groningen, and presented to the Minister of Economic Affairs. Now the province calls on the Minister of Economic Affairs to facilitate the realization of many more wind farms in the area. This will contribute to a future without natural gas, a low carbon energy system and create hundreds of jobs.

A research report by BLIX shows that at least 10 gigawatts of wind power can be built in the area north of the Dutch Wadden Islands. This is more than 15 times the output of the Gemini wind farm, which is at the moment one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. With this possible energy output, Groningen will make a huge contribution to a sustainable energy system for the Netherlands. Using the regions existing energy infrastructure in combination to the developments around hydrogen, the province officials are optimistic to give the Dutch energy transition a great boost.

The realization of more wind power production is part of Groningen's offer, jointly made by the municipality of Groningen and the province of Groningen on March 8th, in response to the national government’s Energy Agenda.

In addition to climate mitigation benefits, wind conditions in the Wadden Sea Area also offer great economic opportunities, partly due to the creation of employment through the construction and maintenance of the wind farms. In addition, it becomes attractive for companies to settle themselves in the area’s vicinity. According to Nienke Homan, deputy of the province of Groningen for  energy transition, companies can't wait to use this green energy. For Google, the availability of locally-produced renewable energy was an important factor in their decision to build their data facility in the Eemshaven. The presence of the right infrastructure also means that more and more companies want to locate themselves in the Northern Netherlands. This message is supported by our Northern partners, the provinces of Drenthe and Fryslân.

Ultimately, the national government will determine the locations for offshore wind farms. Considering the enormous possibilities for wind energy utilisation above the Wadden Islands, the province calls on the national government to facilitate wind power in the area above the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands.

Provincie Groningen / Philipp Kronsbein

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