On Maandag 1 Januari, so far, enough renewable energy has been generated to supply an area with
0 inhabitants of energy.
This corresponds to all of the energy consumption of Rottumeroog.
On Maandag 1 Januari, so far, enough renewable energy has been generated to supply
0 households of energy.
Households (electricity and heat) make up 20% of all the energy consumption in the Netherlands.
On Maandag 1 Januari, so far, 0 % of the total of the Dutch daily energy usage has been generated by renewable energy.
Of the final consumption in the Netherlands was renewable in 2022?
Solar energy grew by 47% in comparison to 2021?
Internationally, it has been laid down in detail which forms of energy count as renewable (sustainable) and which do not. Also, an agreement has been made on how the counting will be done. For the EU, this has been laid down in a special directive. One of the agreements is that all forms of energy (electricity, gas, oil heat) are counted (weighted) equally. Agreements have also been made about the denominator, so the percentage of renewable energy can be calculated. This is the (gross) final energy consumption. There is constant discussion about these agreements: aren’t certain forms of energy more sustainable than others? Have we perhaps forgotten types of energy? Are the prescribed calculation methods correct? Energieopwek.nl makes no judgments about this and adheres strictly to international agreements.
This is renewable energy from onshore wind turbines. This also includes wind turbines in inland waterways, such as the IJsselmeer. The amount of power that wind turbines produce increases as the wind increases in strength. Modern wind turbines get almost the theoretical maximum efficiency from the wind. In the event of a severe storm, wind turbines are temporarily shut down.
This is renewable energy from offshore wind turbines. The construction of an offshore wind turbine is more expensive than a wind turbine on land. Ultimately, the cost differences are limited, because offshore wind farms have greater economies of scale due to their size. Moreover, the wind blows more at sea than on land and therefore wind turbines at sea produce more energy than wind turbines on land. The electricity produced by offshore wind farms is transported to the coast by TenneT (the electricity TSO) by use of large submarine cables.
The generated solar energy consists of solar panels, solar meadows, and solar parks. These are also all forms of the solar energy generation in the Netherlands. The amount of energy generated by solar power depends on the intensity of the sun. It varies during the day and depends on cloud coverage. The Netherlands are geographically far from the equator, which explains why solar panels produce much more energy in the summer than during the winter period.
Geothermal energy (energy from the ground) comes from a depth of more than 500 meters. It is the heat supplied by the geothermal installation minus the electricity needed to pump the heat. A geothermal installation usually consists of two wells; one for hot water and one for the injection of cooled water. The wells are often drilled from a location (diagonally). The distance between these two wells in the deep underground is 1 to 2 km.
This is energy produced by heat pumps. Heat pumps extract energy from the outside air, soil or water and convert it into heat. The heat supplied by a heat pump minus the electricity needed to extract this heat from the environment counts as renewable energy according to international sustainability rules. It is also possible to cool with heat pumps. A refrigerator also cools but is not considered a contribution to renewable energy.
This is the combustion of solid and liquid biomass for decentralized electricity and heat production on an industrial or semi-industrial scale. This category also includes biomass used for thermal grids or for heating swimming pools. In all cases the heat supplied from the biomass installation fully counts as renewable energy.
Coal-fired power stations supply electricity and sometimes heat for thermal grids. When coal is partly replaced by biomass, that part counts as renewable energy. There are various forms of biomass suitable for this process. The most common way is to use biomass that has been pressed in the form of wood pellets. The Dutch Cabinet has indicated that it wants to stop using co-firing after 2025.
This is renewable energy from the burning of wood by households in wood-burning stoves, multi-burners, pellet stoves and fireplaces. The amount of wood used and the generated energy is considered renewable. So, it does not matter whether the stove is used for heating a home or just for a nice in-house atmosphere.
The incineration of waste by waste plants produces heat that is used for the production of electricity and in thermal networks. Waste consists partly of biomass (biogenic) and residual waste. The electricity and heat supplied with the biogenic part is considered renewable energy.
Biogas is produced by fermentation or gasification of biomass. Examples include sludge from wastewater treatment, landfill waste (landfill gas), organic waste (VGF), manure, maize and vegetable residual flows from agriculture. In nature, biogas is also produced from waste in a landfill. However, it is only considered renewable energy if the biogas is put to good use.
Bio-oil is a mix of liquid biofuels with petrol and diesel at a fixed percentage on the basis of legal regulations. Biofuels must meet international sustainability criteria.
Solar thermal energy is the production of heat by solar collectors with the help of captured sunlight.
These forms of renewable energy (such as hydropower and charcoal) are very small in the Netherlands and therefore collectively form a category.
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The Energieopwek website went live in 2016. The reason is the Energy Agreement of 2013. On Energieopwek you can see the state of the generation of renewable energy, an important pillar of this Energy Agreement. One of the goals is to generate 16% sustainable energy in the Netherlands by 2023.
In 2019, the Energy Agreement was incorporated into the Climate Agreement Progress Consultation. Here, too, the growth of renewable energy, in addition to the reduction of CO₂ emissions, played an important role. For example, by 2030, 70% of electricity must be generated sustainably. Energieopwek.nl therefore became part of the Climate Agreement Progress Consultation at the time.
The Climate Agreement Progress Consultation has now been discontinued and it has been decided to continue the strong platform function of the Climate Agreement in the National Climate Platform. After all, the energy transition is not possible without social involvement. The National Climate Platform will develop many new activities to help accelerate the energy transition. Energieopwek.nl is an initiative that fits in well with this.