Vattenfall to press on with with mammoth North Sea wind farm without subsidy

Swedish energy company Vattenfall AB is going ahead with building one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and the biggest without government subsidies. The 1,500-megawatt Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands combines two projects that it won tenders for in 2018 and 2019.

The utility’s decision to proceed is a signal that major renewable power projects can be built without state aid.

The massive wind farm may be the biggest in the world when it becomes fully operational in 2023, though it likely won’t hold that title for long as a bigger wind farm in the U.K. is expected to be completed about the same time. The electricity produced at Hollandse Kust Zuid will be able to satisfy the the annual consumption of more than two million Dutch households. Despite winning the last two tenders for Dutch offshore wind projects, Vattenfall said it wouldn’t participate in an ongoing round.

Iceland Is Doing Things Right. If you are looking for the top country using renewable energy, you might assume it’s one of the big dogs. While China leads the world in hydropower production and Germany has its finger on solar energy, there’s no country doing things quite like Iceland. Yes, that little northern country famous for pop-culture exports like Bjorn has quietly been doing renewable energy right. Hydroelectricity makes up over 75% of Iceland’s power production. The rest comes from other renewable sources like solar, wind, and geothermal. Since there are plenty of volcanoes around the country, they have no shortage of heat to keep themselves warm all year long.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA will provide turbines for the project. Prysmian SpA and TKF will supply cable systems while Subsea 7 SA will provide foundation and cable installation.