On 22 January 2013, the State made agreements with the Association of Netherlands Provinces (Interprovinciaal Overleg) regarding wind energy on land, with the provinces guaranteeing space for generating 6,000 MW of wind energy on land, to be completed before 2020. Areas with a potential for generating 5,715 MW will be included in spatial planning schemes before 31 December 2013.
The draft Wind Energy on Land structural plan was sent to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament on 28 March 2013. The draft structural plan illustrates how and where room can be found in the Netherlands for creating 6,000 MW of energy-generating capacity in the form of wind turbines. The government identifies areas that are generally considered suitable for wind energy projects of at least 100 MW. In addition, all of the provinces will prepare structural plans identifying the areas or locations that can be used for wind energy projects of less than 100 MW. All of these areas will be needed in order to achieve the defined capacity of 6,000 MW.