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Renewables push Dutch Q1 power output to 10-year high


08 Jun 2021 10:25




08 Jun 2021 10:25

(Montel) Dutch net electricity production rose to the highest in more than 10 years in the first quarter, government data showed on Tuesday, boosted by the connection of new offshore wind capacity and higher output from biomass plants.

The Netherlands produced 32.75 TWh of net electricity in the first quarter, the highest since the fourth quarter of 2010, the Dutch government’s CBS statistics showed.

Renewable energy accounted for 28% of the electricity mix in the quarter, following the connection of 1.5 GW of additional offshore wind power since the end of last year, rising solar capacity and higher output from biomass plants.

However, coal plants also made a comeback in the first quarter, with output rising 18% quarter on quarter to 3.86 TWh.

“This is mainly due to a lower price of coal on the world market and the fact that less maintenance work took place in coal power plants,” the statistics office said.

The Netherlands plans to cap coal-fired power production to reduce carbon emissions as part of its ambition to slash CO2 levels by 49% below 1990 levels by 2030.

Net exporter
High power production also allowed the Netherlands to continue exporting heavily.

The country remained a net exporter in the first quarter most power flowing to Germany. The Netherlands turned net exporter last year for the first time in decades.

While last year’s exports were mainly driven by higher output from gas plants, gas-fired stations had less of an impact in the first quarter. This was due to record-high TTF gas prices making it less attractive to fire the plants and due to maintenance work.

“Gas prices were higher in January due to strong demand on the world market, partly due to extreme cold in Spain,” the CBS said.

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