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Energy generation on Maandag 1 Januari

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.

Households on Maandag 1 Januari

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.

Total required energy on Maandag 1 Januari

On Maandag 1 Januari, so far, 0 % of the total of the Dutch daily energy usage has been generated by renewable energy.

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About 17%

Of the final consumption in the Netherlands was renewable in 2023?

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About 50%

Of the electricity usage of the Netherlands was renewable in 2023?
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In 2023

Solar energy grew by 24% in comparison to 2022?

These sources count as renewable energy

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.

Wind onshore

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.

Wind offshore

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.

Solar PV

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

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.

Heat pumps

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.

Biomass companies

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.

Wood stoves

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.

Renewable waste

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

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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Frequently asked questions

Availability of data

On Energieopwek.nl we only show current (real time) generation data. The historical data of our data sources is managed by NetAnders with whom we work together. Historical data for solar, wind onshore, wind offshore and biogas is available from March 2016. For all other sources, such as heat pumps, data is available from January 2018. For questions about historical data, please contact NetAnders by sending an e-mail to info@netanders.nl.
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For the Energieopwek website a model has been developed by Entrance and NetAnders. This model is the result of a combination of various sources, such as CBS data, research into the growth of the installed capacities, interviews with market parties and local weather data.
Renewable sources generate energy from natural sources that are constantly replenished. For example, sun and wind are constantly replenished. Therefore, these are renewable resources. Energieopwek follows the European IPPC guidelines on this subject.
Hydrogen is not generated, but converted from another energy source, such as wind or solar energy. Hydrogen is therefore not an energy source, but an energy carrier. On Energieopwek.nl we only show energy sources.
Renewable sources are types of energy sources generated from natural sources that are constantly replenished. Although nuclear energy does not emit CO₂, it is not naturally replenished. That is why, for example, this is not a renewable resource.
Biomass consists of all kinds of organic materials, such as wood, organic waste, but also vegetable oil manure and crops especially grown for this purpose. When biomass is burned, CO₂ is released, just like with natural gas, oil and coal. The idea with biomass is that the CO₂ that is released is absorbed again by growing forests or other organic material. Biomass does not run out due to ‘growth’. Therefore, it is a renewable resource.

There are also differences in the use of biomass. For example, biomass is often co-fired in the form of wood pellets in coal-fired power stations, and less CO₂ intensive coal is needed. With biogas, waste and residual products, such as manure and organic waste, are often converted into green gas. Energieopwek.nl adheres to international agreements, where biomass is regarded as renewable energy. We provide insight into this data source, but have no further judgment on this matter.
By solar energy we mean all solar energy that is generated in the Netherlands. So, from the panels on the roofs of residential areas to large-scale solar parks and solar meadows.

How do I read the website?

Renewable energy refers to both sustainable electricity and sustainable heat and gases. Renewable electricity only refers to electricity. The energy generated from the sun and heat are forms of sustainable electricity. The energy generated from biogas is a form of sustainable energy. Because we show a multitude of sustainable sources for energy generation, we speak of renewable energy.

One of the goals of the Climate Agreement is that 70% of our electricity must be generated sustainably in the Netherlands. The European Directive 2009/28EC1 (Renewable Energy Directive) sets a target of 14% renewable energy in 2020 and 16% in 2023.
This was deliberately chosen, because we present instantaneous production capacity. The pie chart next to the graph shows, as it were, the number of ‘revolutions’ at the time we are looking at it. When shifting a time in the graph, the circle also shifts. Hence, the choice for GW instead of GWh.
The utilization rate or utilization percentage is the percentage of the maximum installed capacity that is actually used. For example: we have a windmill with an installed capacity of 3MW. The installed capacity indicated the maximum capacity that can be supplied continuously. If there was strong wind for a night and day, this windmill could produce 26 million kWh, but in reality, it produces less: about 6.5 million kWh, which is roughly a quarter of what it could deliver on paper. Logically, the windmill has to do with changing weather conditions. Windmills do not always spin, they often spin from wind force 2 to 3, and from wind force 6 they generate full power.
This is all (final) electricity consumption in the Netherlands. Therefore, this does not only apply to households, but also to industry. In short: 100% electricity consumption is all electricity consumption in the Netherlands.
More households than residents with energy: this may seem a bit strange. We are happy to explain: a household refers to the house and is based on the gas and electricity consumption in someone’s own house. This is a fraction of the final energy consumption. In the Netherlands, we use more energy than just what is used at home. This is where the residents join the picture. The parameter is inhabitants per square meter. This does not only include the consumption of electricity and gas, but also the final energy consumption.

So, also the illuminated lampposts on the sidewalk and where someone works. This energy consumption is much higher than the consumption of a household, because it assumes a much higher consumption and therefore you end up with fewer inhabitants than households. For this reason, a resident has a much higher energy consumption in our calculation than just the consumption of a household.


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The National Climate Platform and energieopwek.nl

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.

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