Renewable energy consumption on the rise, but it will not solve the crisis


Renewable energy consumption continues to increase, especially from solar and wind sources.

According to preliminary figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics, 15 percent of the energy used in the Netherlands last year was generated from sustainable sources. This is an increase from 13 percent the previous year.

Solar and wind energy, in particular, saw higher consumption. In 2022, a significant number of solar panels were installed, and there were frequent sunny days. The total capacity of solar panels increased by 28 percent to over 19,000 megawatts (MW).

Wind energy consumption rose by 13 percent to 78 petajoules (PJ). This was primarily due to increased use of onshore wind energy, which saw a 25 percent increase compared to 2021.

Heat pumps are also becoming more popular. Although they currently represent a relatively small portion of the total renewable energy, accounting for 7 percent, their share is rapidly growing. The total amount of heat extracted last year increased by over 25 percent compared to 2021, reaching over 20 PJ.

The majority of renewable energy (40 percent) still comes from biomass, but its usage is declining. Biomass co-firing in energy plants decreased by 25 percent. Additionally, stricter criteria have been implemented, leading to not all biomass being classified as sustainable.

Netherlands has committed to the European Union that by 2030, at least 27 percent of the energy consumed will come from renewable sources. This figure was at 9 percent in 2019.

By: Nicholas de Kramer

Nicholas de Krammer, а self-taught economic analytic with heave mathematical background. Math behind the economics (and economics behind math) is the strong side of the author. Contact him at

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