New measures against energy crisis in the Netherlands
In a written statement made by the Dutch government, it was announced that some measures were taken due to the energy crisis in the country. In the statement, it was stated that as of January 1, 2023, a temporary ceiling price will be applied for gas and electricity fees throughout the year, which is approximately 1.50 euros for a cubic meter of gas and 70 cents for a kilowatt of electricity.
The price ceiling could be lowered depending on the development in energy prices, but will not fall below 1.20 euros per cubic meter for gas.
It was noted that thanks to the price ceiling, an average household will save 2,280 euros per year and 190 euros per month.
It was stated that the government secured the price ceiling at an average level, this was done with the calculation that a household will consume an average of 1200 cubic meters of gas and 2,400 kilowatts of electricity per year, and the monthly bill of a household consuming an average amount of gas and electricity will not exceed 290 euros.
It was stated that two different prices will be reflected on energy bills, there will be a fixed ceiling price amount for the part up to the average consumption limit, and the market price will be reflected for the part above the average consumption. It was shared that this was done to encourage energy savings.
While it was stated that monthly energy bills could be reduced through an interim solution as of November 1, it was announced that energy companies will not be allowed to shut off the gas and electricity of households that cannot pay the bills next winter, and an emergency fund will be created to prevent households from incurring large debts.
Due to the price ceiling, the plan to reduce the energy tax for next year has been canceled.
In addition to the price ceiling, an energy surcharge of 1300 euros will be introduced for low-income households next year.
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