E-Bridge is proud to have conducted a study for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate of the Netherlands which shows an uneven playing field of electricity prices for large industrial consumers (1 TWh/a) in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium.

Key Insights: The study reveals a substantial variance in electricity costs for industrial companies across these nations, with companies in Germany, France, and Belgium enjoying a comparative advantage of 15% to 66% lower electricity costs in comparison to companies in the Netherlands. This disparity is primarily attributed to two core factors:

  1. Substantially higher network charges and the absence of network charge reductions in the Netherlands that lead to 14 – 17 EUR/MWh higher network charges.
  2. The absence of the indirect cost compensation (ICC) for CO2-certificates as it was abolished by the Dutch government in 2023. Companies from applicable sectors (Production of various metals, hydrogen, chemicals, wood and paper) in Germany, France and Belgium benefit from reductions of 25 – 35 EUR/MWh.

This disadvantage of the Netherlands is even larger for electrolysers as the other countries have explicit exemptions and incentives for electrolysers in place.

Future Implications: The study forecasts a persistent competitive disadvantage for the Netherlands until 2030 under existing and anticipated regulatory frameworks.

Dissemination of Findings: The comprehensive report has been formally presented to the Dutch parliament and is publicly accessible on the website of the second chamber of the Dutch Parliament: https://lnkd.in/d5_5CPAJ

For more information contact: Andreas Gelfort, Gerald Blumberg, Christopher Kneip

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Andreas Gelfort
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