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Dutch Wind Farms Generated Record Electricity in 2013

Dutch wind farms generated a record amount of electricity in 2013, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Electricity generated by wind turbines grew by 8 percent in 2013 due to capacity expansion. The overall capacity of Dutch wind turbines rose by just nearly 300 megawatts in 2013 to approximately 2.7 thousand megawatts at the end of 2013. The capacity expansion was the result of the erection of several large wind farms partly financed by subsidies granted under the SDE scheme.

For the first time since 2008, the capacity of wind turbines has grown considerably. In 2013, 45 percent of renewable electricity was generated by wind turbines.

Largest capacity expansion in 2020
Two offshore wind farms with an overall capacity of 228 megawatts were built in the North Sea,. The capacity of land-based wind farms totalled approximately 2.5 thousand megawatts. The government aims to expand the capacity of land-based wind farms to 6 thousand megawatts in 2020 and the capacity of offshore wind farms is projected at 4.5 thousand megawatts in 2023.