As part of its plan to comply with its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% between 1990 and 2008-2012, the Dutch government has set a target of building 1250MW capacity of offshore wind power by 2020. The national environment and energy agency Novem has suggested that the technical potential for offshore wind for the Netherlands is 4-6000MW.
The plan, which must be approved by the Dutch parliament, involves installing 50 to 70 turbines, each of 1.5-2MW capacity. The government is pledged to pay up to euros 27m (DFL 12.25m) of the expected total cost of euros 181m.
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