Eneco to power electric trains with green energy in Netherlands

18 May 2014 (Last Updated May 18th, 2014 18:30)

Dutch sustainable energy firm Eneco has secured a contract from the local passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) for the supply of green electricity.

Dutch sustainable energy firm Eneco has secured a contract from the local passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) for the supply of green electricity.

The contract has been awarded on behalf of the rail carriers grouped within the Verenigd Inkoop en Verbruik van Energie op het Nederlandse Spoorwegnet cooperative.

"From 2018, trains will be running on green power, enabling our 1.2 million passengers to travel with zero emission transport."

As per the agreed terms, the company will supply green energy to all electric trains running across the country.

NS chairman and CEO Timo Huges said: "From 2018, trains will be running on green power, enabling our 1.2 million passengers to travel with zero emission transport."

The green electricity to be used by the carriers will be generated by new wind farms, which are yet to become operational in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Belgium.

Roughly 50% of the required power will be Eneco HollandseWind, which will be generated the company's wind farms, while the remaining energy supply will be imported from other countries.

Eneco guarantees that the annual amount of electricity used by the trains will correspond to the annual output of all new wind farms.