Controversial wind farm will go ahead

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The cabinet has decided to press ahead with its controversial plan for a major wind farm near the town of Urk in the Noordoostpolder. Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen and Environment Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen formally presented the definitive plan for the wind farm, which will feature 86 windmills along the dyke to the north of Urk: 38 ashore and 48 in the IJsselmeer.

However, the people of Urk have been strongly opposed to the plan since it was first presented 12 years ago. This summer, former economic affairs minister Maria Verhoeven scrapped seven windmills from the original plan after parliament asked her to take the protected view of the village of Urk into consideration

The Noordoostpolder wind farm - the Netherlands' largest - would produce 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours, sufficient for the energy needs of about 900,000 people. Minister Verhagen said the project fits perfectly with the cabinet's energy policies.

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