The Netherlands exceeds the 2023 offshore wind target

Published on:
9 November 2023

The Netherlands will exceed the target set in its Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2023 this year. The country's first offshore wind roadmap follows the Dutch Energy Agreement signed ten years ago. It sets the goal of 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity by the end of 2023. However, the Netherlands is on its way to having 4.7 GW up and running by December 2023.

National offshore wind goals

The 4.5 GW of offshore wind capacity will meet about 15% of the total current electricity demand in the Netherlands.

"To reach 4.5 GW is a lot as we only started working on building large offshore wind farms in the North Sea in 2017," said Peter Lambooij, advisor of Offshore Wind Energy at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

He continues, "Offshore wind took off in 2015/2016 when the Dutch government changed its tender systems. We also started to be in charge of the site characterisation. That has led us to where we are today."

The share of offshore wind-generated electricity on the Dutch grid is poised to increase over the following decades, with the 2030-2031 target set at 21 GW. But the Dutch government aims for 70 GW by 2050. To reach this, a rapid and cost-effective rollout of large-scale projects in the next few years is essential.

Collaborative environment

The collaborative environment that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has created plays a vital role in reaching the 4.5 GW target, bringing public and private parties together. "This collaborative approach helps the Netherlands to achieve its offshore wind targets. It also ensures that offshore wind farms are built and operated in a way that benefits the public and the economy and safeguards the environment as much as possible," says Peter Lambooij.

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2023

RVO will celebrate achieving the Offshore Wind Roadmap 2023 target at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) on 28 and 29 November in Amsterdam.

We showcase the Netherlands' accomplishments in the offshore wind energy sector in the NL Pavilion. The pavilion is the Netherlands' base at OEEC. Visit us and meet with Dutch offshore energy start-ups. You can also attend presentations and workshops.

In association with:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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