Belgium proposes 4 GW offshore wind and 4.2 GW onshore wind by 2030

During a workshop organised by EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources), in cooperation with the federal parliament of Belgium, the draft text of the Belgian National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) was presented.

In this draft Belgium promises a total renewables target of 18.3% for 2030. For 2020 the country’s renewable energy target is 13%. At the moment, renewables account for 9.1% of Belgium’s energy demand. In the NECP, strong focus is placed on grid and system integration, infrastructure and the decarbonisation of heating and industrial process. It also incorporates a complete nuclear phase-out by 2025.

When it comes to wind energy, Belgium is targeting 4 GW of total installed offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 4.2 GW for onshore wind. The plans for onshore wind are relatively low, reports WindEurope. The European wind energy association provides the example of Flanders, where there are plans for a mere 51 MW of new installed capacity per year for the period 2020-2030, and this does not even incorporate estimations for installations coming to the end of their operational lifetime.

The Belgium federal government will now request input from various advisory councils and organise a large public consultation on the draft text. The European Commission will give feedback on the NECP in June. The finalised NECP will be sent to the Commission by the end of 2019. Source and photo: WindEurope