Dutch consumers can expect a considerable increase in their energy bills as of January 1st. Gas and electricity became more expensive and the energy companies will start to process this into their prices. Energy tax is also increasing sharply, RTL Nieuws reports.
A large coalition of parties from various sectors in the Netherlands is calling on the Tweede Kamer to phase out traditional central heating boilers within three years. By 2021 homeowners should only be allowed to replace their central heating boilers with a more sustainable solution, such as a heating pump or a hybrid heating pump, the parties say, NOS reports.
After three years of lower gas and electricity prices, the Netherlands can expect an increase in their energy bill next year, according to research by comparison site ricewise.nl. Next year the average household with variable energy can expect to pay 20 euros per year more, NOS reports.
Pricewise.nl based its calculations on a survey of energy companies Essent, Eneco and Nuon as well as energy suppliers and purchasers.
Small new energy firms in the Netherlands are much greener than their larger counterparts, according to the annual sustainability study. Of the five large energy companies, only Eneco scored a "sufficient" in the study
Gelderland is the wealthiest province in the Netherlands with an equity of 4.7 billion euros end 2014. Noord-Brabant came in 2nd place with an equity of 3 billion euros. Zeeland is the poorest with 139 million euros.
The Dutch electricity supply has become dirtier over the past year, instead of greener. The main reason for this is the low coal prices. Energy companies burned 5 percent more coal than in 2013, increasing the share of coal-fired power generation from 24 percent to 29 percent.
Solar panels in the Netherlands yielded 15 percent more energy than average during the first 5 months of the year, leading to 30 euros extra discount on the energy bill for solar panel owners. The reason for the more energy is that the country had more sunshine than usual.
As 2014 comes to a close, likely to be the warmest year in three centuries, the average Dutch household has saved an estimated €140 on natural gas this year, according to energy giant Eneco.
The five major energy companies, which import coal from Colombia in South America, has promised to investigate any abuses and human rights violations around the coal mining.
According to an investigation conducted in cooperation with Omroep Brabant, the province of Brabant earned €4.7 billion from energy company Essent in the last 14 years.
The Borssele nuclear plant is safe enough to remain open for 20 more years until 2033, decided the Council of State, dismissing the objections Greenpeace had made.
In the past year more gas has been extracted from the Groningen soil again. The latest projections from the Dutch Oil Company (NAM) indicate between 54 and 55 billion cubic meters of gas have been extracted. That is more than the national inspectorate State Supervision of Mines has advised.
The political party PvdA wants to know what City council has done with the news of the Bijenkorf department store closing their Groningen branch in 2016.