Subsidy-free offshore wind farm
The Netherlands has mapped a 7 GW expansion of its offshore wind sector. Total sector capacity will rise from the currently planned 4.5 GW by 2023 to 11.5 GW. Transmission company TenneT is planning a hub, potentially on an artificial island, to connect the far offshore cluster of projects. The latter could also serve as a step towards a so-called Wind Connector grid link with the UK. Vattenfall won the rights to build the country’s first subsidy-free offshore wind farm, the 750 MW Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2, earlier this year. Subsequent rounds are expected to move forwards on a concession basis via auctions.