Consumption of renewable energy in the Netherlands up by 13 percent

Consumption of renewable energy in the Netherlands up by 13 percent

Last year, 13 percent more renewable energy was used in the Netherlands than in 2017, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The share of renewable energy in the total energy mix amounted to 7.4 percent.

In 2017, renewable energy still accounted for 6.6 percent of the total energy mix. According to the CBS, the increase of 0.8 percentage point is mainly due to biodiesel and biogasoline. In 2017, biomass in particular also caused an increase of 0.7 percent.

Statistics Netherlands already announced in April that the ‘installed capacity’ of solar panels experienced a substantial growth in 2018; that capacity now comes out at 4.4 gigawatt, 1.5 gigawatt more than in 2017. The number of solar parks in particular rose sharply and went from 22 to 65. In 2019 a few large solar parks will be built or delivered again.

Also read : Solar panels generated more energy in 2018

Changes in wind energy

The share of wind energy in the energy mix increased slightly: the installed capacity grew by 200 megawatts to 4.4 gigawatts at the end of 2018. This increase was mainly due to the fact that 210 megawatts of new capacity became available on land due to 66 new wind turbines. 18 turbines were demolished; according to the CBS, this saved 20 megawatts of capacity. The number of offshore wind turbines did not change. Many changes are in the pipeline for the coming years; large wind farms must be delivered in the North Sea, among other places.

Biofuel large due to admixture

With 66 percent, biomass was the largest source of renewable energy in 2018; with 96 petajoules, 13 percent more was used than in 2017, when it was 84 petajoules. According to statisticians, the increase is mainly due to an increase in the amount of biodiesel and gasoline. European rules now require fuel producers to deliver 8.5 percent of their fuel as renewable fuel. They do this primarily by mixing biofuels with fossil fuel.

European objectives

Although the increase in the share of renewable energy is a positive signal, it is questionable whether the Netherlands will meet the European targets for renewable energy. In the Energy Agreement, it was decided at national level that the share of renewable energy should be 14 percent by the end of 2020. With the performance of 2017 , the Netherlands was in the lower regions of Europe; European figures for 2018 are not yet known.

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