THE NEThERLANDS. The average household energy bill is expected to rise by more than €300 next year, according to an analysis by price comparison sites reported in the Telegraaf.
The price of gas and electricity has been pushed up by higher levies on CO2 emissions and the accelerated scaling back of gas extraction in Groningen, as well as a €50 rise in the amount households contribute towards sustainable energy subsidies (ODE).
Comparison site Pricewise calculated that the average household will spend €2,275 a year on gas and electricity in 2019, compared to €1,949 this year, based on the tariffs for three of the biggest energy suppliers: Eneco, Nuon and Essent.
By the same measure energy bills rose for the first time in four years in 2018, having fallen from €1,884 to €1,737 between 2014 and 2017. Another comparison site, gaslicht.com, quoted a rise of €360 in 2019 based on a single supplier. The calculation is based on consumption of 3,500 KWh of electricity and 1,500 m3 of gas.
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