Wind energy

In the port of Rotterdam, numerous types of energy converge: coal and natural gas, but also biomass, heat, steam, solar and wind. The supply, production and distribution of energy is extensive. In this context, sustainable energy generation is an important development.

At the moment, total capacity of wind turbines installed in the Rotterdam port area is 200 megawatts (MW). This represents about 10 per cent of the total wind energy capacity in the Netherlands. The Dutch government has decreed that 14 per cent of Dutch energy production must be generated from renewable sources by 2020 and 16 per cent by 2023. The Port of Rotterdam Authority supports this through the ‘Convenant Realisatie Windenergie in de Rotterdamse haven’* (2009) (Agreement on Realisation of Wind Energy in the port of Rotterdam). In accordance with this agreement, at least 150 MW of new wind energy will be generated in public port areas by 2020. In the Port Vision, the Port Authority and various partners have agreed to achieve a total installed capacity of 300 MW by 2020. As a result, Rotterdam is well on its way to achieving its ambition to become the sustainable power plant of Northwest Europe.

*Signatories: the Dutch government (former Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs), Province of Zuid-Holland, Municipality of Rotterdam, Deltalinqs, Dutch Wind Energy Association (NWEA), Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI), Province of Zuid-Holland Environmental Federation and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Windpark Landtong Rozenburg

The windmills on Landtong Rozenburg are going to be renewed and expanded in the coming years. The Province of South Holland and the municipality of Rotterdam regard the peninsular as an opportunity to install more modern and efficient windmills.

Wind farms at sea

The Dutch government has selected areas where wind farms at sea could be developed in the coming years. Instead of several smaller wind farms at sea, the Dutch cabinet has chosen to have a limited number of larger wind farms. Locations: Borssele, IJmuiden Ver, Hollandse Kust and north of the West Frisian Islands. The Maasvlakte 2 location previously discussed by the cabinet no longer applies. The Port Authority does not directly support a wind farm at sea off the coast of Maasvlakte 2, because this could endanger the safe handling of shipping.

Maasvlakte 2 wind farm development

Eneco is building a green power wind farm along the Maasvlakte 2 seawall for the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. There are to be 22 wind turbines producing what is expected to be more than 100 megawatts of power. From 2023 onwards, these innovative onshore wind turbines are set to generate over 400 GWh of green power per year.

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