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Zero-subsidy bidders first in line for Dutch offshore wind

Companies prepared to make zero-subsidy bids will be allowed to bid first on two coming offshore wind farms in the Netherlands with a total 700 MW. If no zero-subsidy bids are made, the farms will be tendered in a traditional auction.

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The Netherlands are ready to compete with Germany, which received zero-subsidy bids this April from Dong Energy and EnBW. The country will thus allow companies with zero-subsidy bids to get ahead of the line when bidding on the wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid.

In a letter (Dutch) to the Dutch parliament, the Dutch minister of finance, Henk Kamp, writes that the development in offshore wind is speeding up, and that three years ago it was expected to cost EUR 18 billion in subsidies to construct five wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands.

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