Plans wind farm De Veenwieken are irrevocable

The Council of State declared the appeals against the zoning plan, integration plan and environmental permist for wind farm De Veenwieken, with 10 wind turbines south of Demensvaart, unfounded. This means that the plans have become irrevocable and the (preparation of the) construction can start.

Pondera Consult wrote the EIA, the zoning plan, the integration plan and carried out technical studies. In addition, Pondera Consult supported the initiators during the planning and permit procedure, as well as in view and appeal procedures, for this project.

Pondera Consult congratulates the initiators and the authorities with this beautiful milestone.

Administrative Jurisdiction Division approves WFSD Hollandse Kust (zuid)

The Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State issued a positive judgement on the Wind Farm Site Desicions (WFSD) for sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind energy area. In it’s judgement, the division regularly refers to the Environmental Impact Report (EIA), which was drawn up by Pondera Consult. IN particular, it concerns the visibility analysis, ecological effects and effects on the fishing sector.

For the wind energy area of Hollandse Kust (zuid), Pondera consult is working together with Aveco de Bondt on the EIA, Appropriate Assessment and a list of species for the Flora and Fauna Act on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat). The documents have been drawn up for taking the Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) for the third issue round of offshore wind energy. Specific attention has been paid to ecology (birds, bats, underwater life), experience (view from the beach), shipping safety and the effect on other user functions. Sufficient freedom of choice for the completion of the sites by a future initiator is of great importance. Effects are therefor determined on the basis of a range of options within the sites that are yet to be developed. Form an environmental point of view, the bandwith has been further delimited, so that no disproportionate environmental effects can occur.

The full statement of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division can be found via the following link:

Hollandse Kust (zuid)

European wind sector growing but not yet matured

The wind energy sector is now a mature sector. A first look at the exhibition floor of the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2017 seems to confirm this picture. With more than 8000 people and 300 stands, Amsterdam RAI is well stocked. However, the sector is not yet mature for the time being. Wind turbines are still growing, measuring systems more accurate and new solutions to existing problems are being developed and tested.

A selection of some of the developments that were presented at the fair:

  • During a plenary session, Windeurope asked the EU to increase the energy target for 2030 from 27 to 30 percent. This would enable Europe to maintain its leadership role in the sector and stable growth in employment. Chairman Ivor Catto indicated that only eight of the 28 EU member states have renewable energy targets after 2020. In 2016, the wind industry contributed 36 billion euros and more than 262,000 jobs to the European economy.
  • Lagerwey presented the arrival of the L147 and the L158, the two newest and highest turbine models. More technical details will follow in the spring of 2018. In addition, the Dutch wind turbine builder and the Russian Rosatom united in the joint venture Red Wind for the sale and supply of turnkey wind turbines. The joint venture will supply 1 GW of wind energy, with Lagerwey’s share of knowledge transfer and training for the construction and operation of wind turbines. Lagerwey also supplies the components for the first 60 wind turbines for two Russian wind farms that are currently under construction.
  • Siemens Gamesa announced its plans for the SG-8.0-167 DD, an offshore turbine with a rotor diameter of 167 meters and a nominal capacity of 8 MW. Siemens Gamesa expects to be able to market this turbine in 2020.
  • Pondera signed a contract with Zephir Lidar for the purchase of a Lidar, with which Pondera will carry out its first measurement campaign. With these measurements, energy yield studies can be carried out more accurately.

WindEurope exhibition 2017

WindEurope exhibition 2017

Invitation WIND EUROPE 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam

November 28th – 30th 2017

Pondera is present this year at the WindEurope 2017 in Amsterdam on the 28th – 30th of November.

Wind is now the fastest growing energy source in the world, and is full of innovation and unprecedented ambition, hence more than 8000 visitors visit this fair in the RAI Amsterdam.

Visit our stand at the Dutch Village

You are welcome at our stand at the Dutch Village in Hall 2 of the RAI. We would like to discuss the following topics with you:

  • Mergers & acquisitions – energy projects are regularly sold of which some wholly and some partially. Pondera knows the market of supply and demand and provides purchase and sales processes;
  • Hybrid projects: wind, sun and storage – optimizing different techniques;
  • Offshore 2023: we are happy to inform you about the upcoming tenders.

We would like to welcome you at our stand in the Dutch Village in hall 2, number 2C54c.

Make an appointment for your stand visit and visit our Expert meeting ‘Experience from the Borssele tenders’

Throughout the day you are welcome to visit our stand. If you would like to speak to one of our consultants, we recommend that you schedule an appointment. You can contact Carola Roescher tel. +31 6 14 97 94 09,

Pondera and Stibbe organize the expert meeting on the Future of global and European offshore wind – November 28th, 2017. You and your colleagues are welcome at Stibbe on Zuidas in Amsterdam only a 10 minutes walk from the RAI. A nice meal is provided.

Pondera starts its first wind measurement campaign

With the purchase of a ZephIR 300 Pondera will soon start with its first wind measurement campaign. The ZephIR 300 is a Lidar: a device which measures the wind speed at various heights using laser beams. Wind measurements at the project location are an increasingly important part of a thorough wind resource assessment and are often indispensable in obtaining project financing.

In the coming period, the Lidar will first be used to improve the yield forecast of a wind farm in the North of the Netherlands. Pondera is happy with the purchase and hopes to be able to carry out many successful measurement campaigns in the coming years.

Pondera supports development solar farms Nijmegen

Following the work that Pondera Consult carried out for Wind Farm Nijmegen-Betuwe along the A15 in Nijmegen, developer Wiek-II asked Pondera to support the development of two solar farms in Nijmegen. The solar farmDe Grift, near the existing wind farm, is about 5 hectares in size and is planned to be located close to the most eastern wind turbine. The solar farm was taken into account in the electrical infrastructure of the wind farm. The solar farm is electrically connected via a wind turbine, so only one cable goes to the electricity grid (cable pooling). Wiek-II also aims to develop solar farm Duitse Bocht, loacated next to the motorway A73 in the municipality of Nijmegen. Pondera is also supporting Wiek II for realization of this solar farm.

Pondera disngs solar farms and researches its effects on ecology, archaeology, energy yield and many other sectors. Pondera also draws up the required permits and the spatial foundation.

Pondera consults wind development along A16

The Province of North Brabant has chosen the preferred alternative for wind energy along the A16. This means that Pondera Consult also advises in the coming phase in the further realization of various wind developments along the A16. Pondera Consult has been asked by Rijkswaterstaat to provide support in the search for suitable locations and to help with the steps that must be taken to realize the wind turbines. “We want to congratulate the initiators, whose wind turbines are part of the preferred alternative with this milestone. The Province has indicated clear frameworks and it is now up to the developers to give further shape form, in consultation. It is a nice challenge that we can help as a consultancy firm and make the overall energy management a little bit more sustainable, “says Maarten Jaspers Faijer, who is involved in the development of the wind turbines on the grounds of Rijkswaterstaat.

Iconic island Sumba: future for wind energy?

President Director Chandra Soemitro and Mrs. Vivian Liando from Hywind and Director from Pondera Hans Rijntalder visiting beaches to perform beach landings with equipment and wind turbine parts.

The Indonesian governments aims to develop Sumba island in a sustainable way using its abundant sources of renewable energy, such as wind energy. Goal is to achieve 95% renewable energy in 2020. Hywind Energy is developing a wind project at Sumba to contribute to that goal. On 2 November 2017 Hywind and Pondera visited the island to investigate the logistical challenges to install modern and large wind turbines on Sumba.

Province Groningen grants permits five wind farms

The province of Groningen has granted an environmental permit for five wind farms this week. Pondera Consult was involved in the preparation of three of these wind farms. This concerns Oostpolder wind farm (EIA and permits for Innogy and Waddenwind), Oosterhorn wind farm (sub-studies of EIA, permits and spatial support for Millenergy) and Delfzijl Zuid wind farm Expansion (EIA, zoning plan and permits in collaboration with Ventolines). Together, these three wind farms account for around 235 MW, contributing to more than a quarter of the provincial sustainability targets and 12% to the national sustainability target. Pondera Consult is proud to have been able to contribute to this big step in the energy transition.

All provinces have concluded an agreement with the government on 31 January 2013 to provide space for 6,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy on land in 2020. For the province of Groningen, this means a target of 855.5 MW of wind energy. The province chooses to concentrate the wind farms at three locations. Recently, permits have been granted for five different projects within the Eemshaven and Delfzijl concentration areas. Pondera Consult was involved in three of these projects.

Oostpolder Wind Farm is a project started by agricultural entrepreneurs in the area. During the m.e.r. procedure it turned out that there were good cooperation possibilities with innogy layers. Innogy clears up a number of older turbines in the Eemshaven and receives a number of more modern wind turbines instead. In this way, optimal use is made of the space provided in the area. At the moment, Pondera is preparing the subsidy application for the Waddenwind wind turbines.

Uitbreiding Delfzijl Zuid

The expansionWindpark Delfzijl Zuid consists of a wind farm of 16 wind turbines. The wind farm will be located directly to the south of the existing Delfzijl Zuid wind farm. Pondera Consult wrote the EIS, prepared the zoning plan and supported Ventolines that applied for the environmental permit on behalf of the wind farm’s initiators.

Wind turbines are also being built on the Oosterhorn industrial park. There is room for 18 wind turbines on the industrial site. the location of the wind turbines is precisely integrated to optimize the combination of business park with wind turbines. Ponndera Consult has drawn up the spatial foundation, preparing the permit applications for both construction, environment and nature. In addition, Pondera has contributed to the EIA for the industrial area, specifically for the part concerning the wind turbines.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Committee (m.e.r.) issued a positive recommendation for three wind farms for which Pondera wrote the EIA or contributed to it (Oosterhorn).

Commission m.e.r. positive about EIA WFSD’s

Commission m.e.r. positive about EIA Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) III and IV Hollandse Kust (zuid)

The Commission m.e.r. has issued a review advice on the environmental impact report (EIA) for the Wind Farm Site Decisions for sites III and IV of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind energy area that was drawn up by Pondera Consult.  This review advice is positive. ‘The Commission believes that the reports provide a complete picture of the environmental consequences of the construction and operation of the wind farms. Measures and regulations to prevent negative effects on porpoises, seals, fish, birds and bats are shown. Measures include, for example, quieter piling of piles during the construction of the turbines so that the marine life suffers less damage from underwater noise and the turbines runs slower during the bird and bat migration to reduce casualties. ‘

The project

The Ministers of Economic Affairs and of Infrastructure and the Environment want to decide on two sites for each maximum 380 MW offshore wind energy in the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm areas. A Wind Farm Site Decision determines where and under what conditions a wind farm at sea may be realized. With a tender, it will later be determined which party will receive a permit and any subsidy and may realize the wind farm. Before the ministers decide, they have examined the environmental consequences of the Wind Farm Site Desicions  in environmental impact reports. Ministers have asked the Commission m.e.r. to review the reports.

Project manager Sergej van de Bilt: ‘We are delighted with this positive advice. It is a compliment for the many colleagues and cooperation partners who are involved in this large-scale survey. “After the positive advice from the Commission on the environmental impact reports of the Borssele wind farm and the first two lots of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind energy area, the good line will be continued.  ‘Currently, Pondera Consult is working on the EIA for the following sites, namely lot V and VI in the Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm area. There are other challenges in that area, no area is the same in that respect. Fortunately, we can use the expertise that we and our partners have built up in the many EIAs that we have now completed with a positive advice. ‘


Meanwhile, the Commission has for the m.e.r. also issued advice on the scope and level of detail of the EIA to be drawn up by Pondera Consult for sites V and VI in Hollandse Kust (Noird): ‘The Commission finds the proposed research approach clear and relevant. Effects on nature, landscape and shipping safety receive sufficient attention. The report also examines the effects of various measures to prevent adverse effects, for example measures to limit the effects of the sound when driving for underwater life. ‘