Why this is important to Wisconsin businesses: The nation will need to make use of all available sources, including land-based and offshore wind energy, to meet its renewable energy targets.

The Netherlands is working on a transition to a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply for to meet the entire country’s energy needs, driven by climate change, the declining availability of fossil fuels, and dependence on international energy suppliers.

The National Energy Agreement, containing a goal of 16 percent sustainable energy by 2023, was concluded with participation from over 40 organizations including ministries, energy organizations, employers’ organizations, unions, NGOs and others. All available sustainable energy sources will be needed to reach this goal, including both land-based and offshore wind energy. The conditions for offshore wind energy in the Netherlands are excellent: relatively shallow waters, substantial wind resources, quality harbor facilities, experienced industry and a robust support system.

Between 2015 and 2020, Wind Farm Zones Borssele, Hollandse Kust (South) and Hollandse Kust (North) will be developed, meaning five offshore wind farm zones have been designated for the development of new wind farms. To establish these farms, the government provides subsidies, a permit for building the wind farms, site data for the wind farms and a connection to the electricity network of TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator.

These offshore wind plans will offer opportunities to Wisconsin companies throughout the project lifecycle including:

  • development and consent
  • environmental assessments
  • installation and commissioning
  • operations and maintenance services