The Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by the national railway company, NS. The two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS electric trains should run on wind energy.
“So we in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” said Boon. An increase in the number of wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped NS and Eneco achieve its goal.
Eneco and NS said on a joint website that around 600,000 passengers daily are “the first in the world” to travel thanks to wind energy. NS operates about 5,500 train trips a day.
One windmill running for an hour can power an electric train for 120 miles, the companies said. They hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35% by 2020.