Dutch fall badly behind on 2020 target

The Netherlands, once seen as a green energy pioneer, has become the biggest laggard among all 27 EU member states in terms of progressing towards its 2020 renewables target, according to Rabobank.

The share of renewables within the Netherlands’ electricity mix rose from 6% in 2005 to 10% in 2011, a period during which the Dutch became global leaders in the offshore wind sector.

But political changes made towards the end of that period – coupled with strategic decisions taken by the country’s small crop of power utilities – have since relegated the country to a renewables backwater within the European context.

The Netherlands added 119MW of wind capacity last year and 125MW of PV – out of a Europe-wide 12.7GW and 17.2GW, respectively.

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