A year ahead of schedule, all electric passenger trains running in the Netherlands are powered by 100% wind power.
A year ahead of schedule, the Dutch railway company NS announced that its entire electric train fleet is running on wind power from January 1, 2017, ushering in a new era in green transportation.
Renewable energy advocates hope the anticipated success will inspire other high-speed rail projects around the world, including some proposed in the United States.
In 2015, the Dutch government announced its goal of having all of its Dutch electric passenger trains run on wind power from 2018 , thanks to 886 Dutch people suing their government in court in The Hague.
However, the program has been executed with such success that in 2016, 75% of wind energy was already used to power Dutch trains.
A small final push and 100% has been reached as of January 1, 2017. With good will and desire, everything is possible
One of the largest railway companies in the Netherlands, known as NS, partnered with energy company Eneco in 2015 to supply renewable energy to its fleet of electric trains, which carry 600,000 people a day.
NS electric trains use about 1.2 billion kWh of electricity per year, which is roughly the equivalent of all the homes in the city of Amsterdam.
Trains in the Netherlands carry 1.2 million passengers every day, transport is responsible for 20% of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands.
Switching this transport to a renewable source will significantly improve the Netherlands’ carbon footprint, which had already improved thanks to investments in renewable energy projects.
The electricity used to power the Dutch trains comes from wind farms in the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, many of which were recently built for this purpose.
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