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  • The companies contend that for every hour a wind turbine operates, a train can run for around 120 miles.

    The companies contend that for every hour a wind turbine operates, a train can run for around 120 miles. | Photo: Reuters

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The goal has been reached a year ahead of schedule, in large part thanks to the increase in wind farms in the region.

The national Dutch railway company has achieved its goal of running 100 percent of its electric trains on wind-generated power a year ahead of schedule, according to the national railway company NS.

“Since Jan. 1, 100 percent of our trains are running on wind energy,” NS spokesman Ton Boon said, according to AFP.

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The deal between NS and the Dutch electricity company Eneco was struck about a year ago, when they signed a 10-year deal, marking January 2018 as the date when all trains would be ready for wind-energy.

“So we, in fact, reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” Boon said.

Boon then explained that the goal had been achieved with the help of increased wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands, as well as in Finland and Belgium, many of which had been recently installed.

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The Dutch government had already announced its plans to power the country’s electric trains through wind back in 2015. By 2016, 75 percent of the fleet was wind-powered.

With about 5,500 trips operating daily, the two companies are able to transport about 600,000 passengers daily. According to the two companies, which share a website, these are “the first (passengers) in the world” to travel on the power of wind rather than fuel.

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An electric train from NS runs on around 1.2 billion kilowatts of electricity a year – around the same needed to power all the households in Amsterdam, according to Inhabitat.

The companies contend that for every hour a wind turbine operates, a train can run for around 120 miles. This will greatly help the country reduce its carbon footprint, which it has already been doing over the years thanks to investments in renewable energy projects.

The Guardian reported that the companies hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35 percent by the year 2020, compared with 2005.

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