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Dutch Trains Running Completely On Wind Energy, Beats Goal By A Year

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The Netherlands originally meant to supply all of its public transportation trains with only renewable energy by 2018. However, according to new reports, it would seem that the Dutch managed to reach their goal a year early. Because now, all of its trains are running on wind energy and nothing else.

Considering what the region is known for, it’s actually almost fitting that The Netherlands would be the first country to have a public transportation system run entirely on windmills. It has the numbers to back it up as well, with over 2,200 wind turbines scattered throughout the country, Futurism reports. Combined, these thousands of renewable power generators could provide power to more than 2 million homes.

In the case of the trains, the whole railway system eats up about 1.2 billion kWh of power. That’s about the same amount of electricity consumed by every house in the city of Amsterdam. The fact that the country was able to accomplish its goal in such a short period of time isn’t really surprising when looking at its track record, but it’s remarkably good news nevertheless.

The country was also able to achieve this milestone with the help of the renewable energy company, Eneco. According to the power firm, this is an important achievement because it sets precedent and gives other countries an example worth following.

On the matter of wind energy, it would seem that this particular sustainable energy source is growing rapidly in the country. According to DutchNews, the nation plans to keep on adding more wind turbines, even going so far as tapping offshore resources in order to make it happen.

Local experts are already predicting that The Netherlands is on track to achieve its 2023 goals related to renewable energy. Looking at how fast the country managed to make its trains a sustainable mode of transport earlier than expected, this is not that hard to believe.

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