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Electricity costs in the Netherlands

You receive an electricity bill from your electricity supplier every year. This is the bill for your actual electricity consumption. Every month your electricity supplier charges you a installment amount. These are the electricity costs of your estimated consumption. At the end of your contract year, when you pass on the meter readings it becomes clear whether you have used more or less electricity. It may be that you have to pay extra money or get money back. Always make a comparison to see if you can save on your electricity costs.

Fixed electricity costs

Fixed electricity costs include the costs you pay for your connection to the gas and / or electricity network and the services provided by your supplier. The fixed electricity costs do not change if you use more or less electricity.

Variable electricity costs

How high your variable electricity costs are depends on your electricity consumption. There are different types of variable electricity costs, such as the costs for the supply of gas or electricity, but also electricity tax.

You usually receive the bill for all variable electricity costs via your electricity supplier. This electricity bill shows exactly which variable (and fixed) electricity costs you pay to your electricity supplier and your grid operator.

  • Variable delivery costs (electricity supplier)
  • Variable costs for grid management and transport (grid operator)


Electricity providers

More than 35 electricity providers provide Dutch households and companies with electricity. Some providers generate electricity themselves, others buy in electricity and supply it to households or companies. Electricity providers must obtain a permit from the Dutch Competition Authority before they can call themselves an electricity supplier. You can compare all suppliers at: Independer

Dag en nachtstroom

Dag en nachtstroom is applicable when using a "Dubbele energiemeter". Such a meter has two meter readings: one for ordinary power (day current) and one for night power. The time at which the night rate starts varies per province. For the use of night electricity, higher standing charges apply, but the price per kWh is lower. Day and night flow is also called a double rate, versus single tariff for a single electricity meter.

In the past, people could save considerably by day and by night, but nowadays the financial benefit of day and night stream is not that big anymore. The price difference between day and night stream and ordinary electricity is getting closer and closer together. There are even electricity suppliers where day and night electricity is no longer profitable at all. More information at: https://www.energieleveranciers.nl/dag-en-nachtstroom.

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