Dutch tender brings offshore wind on a par with conventional power generation

Date

06 Jul 2016

Sections

Energy
Sustainable Dev.
Climate & Environment

Press release

The Netherlands' Minister of Economic Affairs has today awarded DONG Energy the concession to build the offshore wind farms Borssele I and II. The total price for the two projects is €87/MWh including the cost of the grid connections.  This is by some distance a record low for offshore wind.  The previous lowest was Horns Rev 3 in Denmark last year which was €103/MWh excluding grid connection.    

WindEurope welcomes the positive results of the tender.  WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: "It has been clear for some time that the costs of offshore wind are falling rapidly.  This tender goes beyond even the most optimistic expectations in the market. The €87/MWh is significantly lower than anything we've previously seen.  It now puts offshore wind in the same cost range as conventional power generation."

The wind industry recently committed to making offshore wind cost-competitive by 2025. This tender suggests this is fully feasible - and we seem to be getting there well ahead of schedule."

WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. It has over 500 members, active in over 50 countries, including wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants. This combined strength makes WindEurope the world's largest and most powerful wind energy network.