Dutch pledge fourfold rise in green component of power by 2000

Feb 14, 1997 01:00 AM

Dutch electricity distribution companies have pledged to achieve a fourfold rise in the "green" component of electricity by 2000, the industry's umbrella association EnergieNed said recently. "The energy companies have set themselves the target in the year 2000 of reducing emissions of CO2 by 2.7 mmt," EnergieNed said.The regional companies acknowledge that some of their number are more capable than others of electricity production from renewables, notably wind power. To achieve the cap on emissions, the companies will be able to trade their CO2 allowances. They may also be allowed to buy green electricity from outside the Netherlands. The companies plan to produce a system to flesh out their agreement within the next few months. "We have an obligation to perform. The companies are taking it very seriously," said EnergieNed spokesman. The fourfold rise is related to 1995 electricity output, of which 0.8 percent was from renewables. The changes required will cost Fl 250-300 mm ($ 130-160 mm). Theenergy companies hope the government will foot some of the bill. The Dutch government's energy white paper proposes that renewables should make up 10 percent of energy consumption by 2020.

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