Renewable electricity is generated by wind energy, hydro power, solar energy and biomass. Renewable electricity is commonly expressed in terms of net domestic renewable electricity production as a percentage of total domestic electricity consumption.
The Dutch government has the ambition to generate 9 percent of total electricity consumption from renewable sources in 2010. This target was set in a European context. Imports only count with explicit consent of the exporting country and if the exporting country subtracts the amount of electricity exported from the total amount of electricity it has generated from renewable sources. As yet, the Dutch government has not made any arrangements with exporting countries, so imports of energy from renewable sources do not help to attain the 2010 objective.