Dutch Wind Draws Vattenfall Inland

Vattenfall – in the news in recent months for its big moves on the offshore wind power front – is now making noise with a hefty land-based project. The Swedish power developer said it would spend 1.4 billion SEK (that just north of US$200 million) to build a 122-megawatt (MW) capacity wind-power plant in central Netherlands.

Vattenfall said this will be its largest wind project on terra firma, with 36 turbines expected to provide power for around 88,000 Dutch households beginning in 2013. “This means nearly a doubling of wind power capacity in the Netherlands,” said Anders Dahl, head of renewables at Vattenfall.

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Vattenfall has ratcheted up its wind power capacity 60 percent since 2010, the company said. Among the projects completed recently was the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm, a 150-MW project in the Irish Sea. And late last year the company said it would invest around $1.38 billion in the DanTysk project, a 288-MW offshore complex 40 miles west of the German island of Sylt in the North Sea.

Then, of course, there’s the project the company is probably best known for, the 100-turbine Thanet Wind Farm off the coast of Kent, England, the world’s biggest offshore power generator.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.