Do you receive a government subsidy for this wind farm?
Yes, when Blauwwind was awarded the permit in December 2016, offshore wind farms were being subsidised. At the time, Economic Affairs Minister Kamp announced that the Blauwwind consortium would construct the wind farm for a subsidy of 5.45 eurocents per kWh, a drastic cost reduction compared to previous offshore wind farm subsidies. The maximum subsidy that the government had hitherto made available was 11.975 eurocents.
What is the role of offshore wind in the energy transition?
As the North Sea is shallow, there is a lot of wind and the wind areas are relatively close to the coast. So, the conditions for offshore wind farms are ideal. As a result, offshore wind will play a major role in the Dutch energy transition.
What will be the contribution of Borssele III & IV to the Dutch energy transition?
The Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm will have an installed capacity of 731.5 MW, which is enough power for approximately 825,000 households or 2.3% of total Dutch electricity demand (ref. CBS, 2016). The construction of this offshore wind farm is based on one of the agreements included in the 2013 Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth, which states that by 2023 a total of 4,450 MW of offshore wind must be operational in order to achieve 16% renewable energy production. Borssele III & IV will contribute significantly to this goal.
Where will the power go to?
The Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 731.5 MW. This is enough to meet the electricity consumption of around 825,000 Dutch households. Shell Energy Europe Limited and Eneco have secured contracts to each sell 50% of the power. Watch the video below to see where Blauwwind’s electricity will be used.
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