October 19 (Renewables Now) - The Dutch government will be accepting applications between December 15 and December 21 in its subsidy-free offshore wind tender for phases I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone.
The projects will have a combined capacity of about 700 MW.
The economic affairs ministry has published a Ministerial Order outlining the needed documents and the ranking criteria which will determine the winners. The extent of offshore wind project experience of the bidders, offered capacity, quality of the design, measures to ensure cost-efficiency and social costs are in the list of criteria.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) will hold an information meeting on November 1 to discuss the tender procedure.
The decision to sound the possibility of realising offshore wind projects off the Netherlands without subsidies has been prompted by Germany’s first offshore wind tender, where three of the four winning projects will be built without subsidies. If the subsidy-free competitive process is unsuccessful, the Dutch government will initiate a tender with subsidies.