The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) announced a bill to enable the opening of the first offshore wind tender by the beginning of April 2016. The new bill will be sent to the House of Representatives by the beginning of February in order to facilitate the offshore grid If MEA succeeds in passing the new bill and letting it enter into force before 1 April 2016, the first tender Borssele I and II will end at the beginning of May 2016.
On 23 December 2015 the Senate voted against the Gas and Electricity bill that also constituted the legal basis for the development of the offshore grid and the appointment of TenneT as TSO for this grid. The opening of the first offshore wind tender Borssele I and II was already delayed but the date of the closing of the tender was still planned to be 31 March 2016.
MEA now attempts to repair the legal basis for the offshore grid and to limit the delay of the opening of the first tender as much as possible.