THE NETHERLANDS -- Due to the low flow rate are wind turbines now onerous on a large scale. The maintenance costs are higher than the benefits of the energy generated and windmills are now being demolished.
According to a survey of the Financieele Dagblad, estimates by the Association of Private Wind Turbine Operators (Pawex) find there 'is the potential for 500 to 750 megawatts' of onshore wind that will be, or is threatened to be dismantled. That is a quarter of the power generated by onshore wind energy in the Netherlands.
About 30% of the members of Windunie is now 'in the danger zone, "says the wind cooperative. Big energy companies are reluctant in providing information, but a Nuon spokesman said however that "the margins are razor thin.
A year ago, the price for energy was € 42 per megawatt hour. Now that price is € 26. In particular, farmers have smaller mills and therefore do not receive grants more loss. But under the current subsidy regime for green electricity generation from wind power, the turbines are often not cost-effective.
"Operators with construction plans will reassess whether, under the current low price of electricity and the current subsidy system, investing in wind power at this time is profitable," says policy advisor Nick Waltmans of Pawex.