As of the beginning of 2017, all public transport trains in Netherlands have been running on renewable energy- wind energy, a year ahead of schedule. Netherlands currently has a total of 2,200 wind turbines across the country, which could generate energy for around 2.4 million homes.
Netherlands has beat its plans to make its public transport trains run entirely on renewable energy by 2018, and instead has been doing so since the January 1st, 2017. The trains had become 75% run by wind energy in 2016, and so they reached 100 percent a year ahead of schedule.
These trains alone consume around 1.2 billion kWh of electricity a year, which equates to the total power consumption of all homes in Amsterdam, the largest city in Netherlands.
The Dutch government worked alongside Eneco, a Dutch sustainable energy supplier in order to accomplish this goal. According to Michel Kerkhod, Eneco’s account manager: ““What makes this contract and partnership unique is that a whole sector decreases its CO2 footprint enormously and sets an example for other sectors to follow.”
Many other countries are working on increasing their renewable energy production. In August, Scotland announced that its wind farms were capable of producing 106 percent of the entire country’s needs.
In light of that, Scotland plans to be 100 percent “zero-carbon” by 2020. It’s also looking into tidal power generation as well as wind.
Next in Line
Another country working on its renewable energy is the United States. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in 2015, there were over 48,800 turbines in the US, which could produce a total of 73,992 MW in wind capacity.
Some studies suggest that countries that are as large as the United States could possibly be 100 percent zero-carbon by 2050.