Blowing together into the special tube, the turbines started to turn, inaugurating the Netherlands’ cleanest power plant. The Egmond aan Zee Offshore Wind Farm was constructed by Nuon and Shell on the initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The wind farm has actually been operational since the beginning of this year and has exhibited excellent performance to date. Thanks in part to the stormy weather of the first three months of 2007, during which there has been a great deal of wind, more than 111 million kilowatt hours of electricity have been produced. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 33,000 households.