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‘Consumers’ concerns about rapidly rising energy bills’

This is apparent from a poll among a thousand Dutch people by Pricewise. 17 percent of those surveyed say they are already having trouble paying the bill.

According to the comparison site, the energy bill of an average household has already increased by 360 euros in the first half of this year. Compared to last year, the increase was even more than 500 euros.

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The strong increase is due to the increasing shortages of gas as a result of the relatively cold spring and the expensive generation of electricity. Pricewise previously noted that the demand for gas is greater than the supply. Electricity generation is also very expensive because for a long time there was relatively little sun and wind.

Pricewise’s calculations are based on the prices for a one-year fixed contract with a consumption of 3500 kilowatt hours of electricity and 1500 cubic meters of gas. One-year gas rates are currently at their all-time high. The electricity tariff reached its highest point since 2009.

‘Expensive winter’

Tomas Bleker of the price comparator is gloomy about the coming period. Even a mild winter has hardly affected the energy bill this year. “If prices continue to rise, it will be a very expensive winter, where you can expect that the variable energy rates will also see an increase from 1 January.”

Other European countries are facing the same problem and are taking measures to ease the pain. France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Belgium, among others, have already lowered or are considering lowering their energy tax.

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The Netherlands has not yet announced any changes. In a recent letter to Parliament, Dilan Yeşilgöz, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, said that the cabinet monitors energy bill developments ‘closely’, but has no influence on price increases in the market.

Because a large part of the energy bill consists of taxes, the government can relatively easily intervene fiscally. Of the total energy bill of a household, almost half consists of taxes. This includes taxes on gas and electricity, payments to network operators for transport and VAT.

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