Quick facts and figures about the Dutch energy industry

Towards an even more sustainable, reliable and affordable energy system in the Netherlands

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  • The Netherlands is a major natural gas producer and the source of advanced gas technology. Besides it is also Europe’s leading gas broker and a strategic gas hub. The country produced 70.3 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2014; gas exports amounted to 59.3 bcm.
  • In 2013, The Netherlands produced 12 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from wind, hydro,solar and biomass. That is 10 percent of the total electricity consumption and around half a percentage point less than 2012.
  • The production of wind turbines increased by 8 percent in 2013,  because of expanding capacity.
    The production of solar power doubled for the third year in a row.
  • In 2013 the consumption of renewable energy in transport was 5 percent of the total energy consumption for transport, as in 2012. Renewable energy for transport consists mainly of biofuels.
  • 7.6 million tons of municipal waste is converted in 13 efficient and clean waste incinerators to power, heat and reusable resources from the ashes.
  • The Netherlands is establishing itself as leader in green gas. ‘Green gas’ technology, the gasification of biomass, has been patented by Dutch energy company ECN.
  • The distribution network for gas is the most dense in Europe and of very high quality, with a total length of 12,200 kilometres of transmission pipelines and 136,400 kilometres of distribution pipelines.