Dutch renewables support plan criticised

Industry, consumers, attack revised subsidies as insufficient to meet national targets

Cuts in Dutch government support for renewable electricity production have come under fire from EnergieNed, an umbrella group for energy suppliers and consumers. Too little money is being pumped in for the Netherlands to meet its target of a renewables share of 9-10% of electricity supply by 2010, the group says.

Under a new mechanism put forward by the economics ministry earlier this month, renewables would be subsidised to the tune of some €140m per year. EnergieNed complains that the total goes only a small way to make up for subsidy cuts worth €450m announced by the government in September's budget (EED 18/09/02).

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