Dutch consumers may have to pay more for energy

26th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch newspaper says the government is planning to make consumers pay an extra EUR 20 billion from 2012 to meet climate change targets.

The Netherlands -- Energy bills are set to rocket from 2012, reports Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.

According to the paper, the government is planning to make consumers cough up an extra EUR 20 billion by 2020 in order to ensure that the Netherlands achieves its climate targets.

At the moment, the government pumps about EUR 900 million a year into subsidies for windmills (most of them at sea), solar panels and hydro and bio-power.

However, the economic affairs ministry said this is not enough to achieve the target of having 20 percent of the country's power derived from sustainable sources by 2020.

The paper said Dutch consumers would have to come up with the estimated EUR-20 billion shortfall by that year, on top of their normal energy bills.

It reckoned the average household will be paying up to a couple of hundred euros extra per year from 2012.

Economic Affairs Minister Maria van der Hoeven is reported to be about to present draft legislation to parliament to implement the measures. The paper says the government agreed in the spring that sustainable energy would be "financed in a freer and in a more robust way from a rise in electricity tariffs". However, it declines to offer an opinion as to whether the draft measures will get a bumpy ride through parliament.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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