Growing production of renewable energy

21/02/2005 10:00

The share of renewable energy in Dutch energy supply is increasing. In 2004 some 1.8 percent of total domestic energy consumption came from renewable domestic sources. In 2003 this was 1.5 percent. Wind and incinerated biomass contributed to this increase.

Renewable energy from domestic energy sources

Renewable energy from domestic energy sources

More renewable electricity

Dutch domestic production of renewable electricity increased from 3.3 percent of total electricity consumption in 2003 to 4.5 percent in 2004. The increase is caused by the growing production of wind energy and incinerating biomass in electricity plants. The latter even doubled from 2004 on 2003.

Recovery of incinerating biomass

In 2003 incinerating biomass in electricity plants fell compared to 2002, due to an unfavourable subsidy system during the first six months of 2003, and technical problems.

In the second half of 2003 and the first six months of 2004 there was an increase. In the second half of 2004 the incineration of biomass for electricity production reached a record high. Over 80 percent of biomass incineration consists of incineration biomass in electricity plants.

Biomass incineration for the production of electricity

Biomass incineration for the production of electricity

Doubling wind energy

The volume of wind energy produced doubled in two years time. In 2004 the volume increased by about 40 percent on 2003, due to an extension of the available capacity and an increase in the wind volume.

Reinoud Segers and Dào Nguyen