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World’s first: 100% Dutch trains run on wind power

Jan 11, 2017, 2:39 AM EST
(Source: Bart/flickr)
(Source: Bart/flickr)

The Netherlands’ national railway company N.S. said that all Dutch trains are now powered by wind energy, a feat that no other country has achieved so far. N.S. and Dutch electricity company Eneco had signed a 10-year-deal two years ago, setting January 2018 as the deadline to run all trains by wind energy, a target that has been met a year earlier than planned.

The two companies, which claim to be serving around 600,000 passengers daily, aim to slash the consumption of energy per person by some 35 percent by 2020, writes The Guardian.

Eneco's account manager Michel Kerkhof said that the main objective is to promote renewable growth both domestically and Europe-wide, notes EcoWatch.

The Netherlands’ impressive transition to 100 percent renewables can be attributed to its strategy of tapping into both domestic and foreign sources of wind power. The wind farms set up across the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Belgium ensure that the grids are never short of green power even if the wind is not blowing. 

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