The Netherlands has at least one ‘subsidy-free’ bidder for its offshore wind auction after Swedish utility Vattenfall confirmed on Friday its entry to the fray. Vattenfall is the first developer to confirm its bid for the zero-subsidy auction, the first of its kind in the world, which is seeking about $2.7bn to develop 700MW offshore wind capacity off the Netherlands’ southwest coast. The Dutch authorities changed the rules of the auction after renewable developers offered to build offshore wind farms at market prices in Germany earlier this year.
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Thousands of jobs, billions of pounds of investment and green energy for millions of homes – business leaders today called on the region to embrace the chances offered by building the world’s largest offshore wind farms. Jonathan Reynolds, director of Lowestoft-based energy industry experts Nautilus Associates, said the East of England had more offshore wind energy installations built or in the pipeline than anywhere else in the world, which represented a big opportunity. He said the offshore wind farm industry had already created “thousands of jobs locally”. “It has invested billions and billions of pounds in this region,” he said. “Companies in Norfolk and Suffolk are well position to get a good chunk of the development work (from the new wind farms).”
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