The Netherlands: Average energy bill predicted to soar past EUR 2.000 mark in 2019

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The average household energy bill is expected to rise by more than EUR 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 EUR 50 rise in the amount households contribute towards sustainable energy subsidies (ODE), according to DutchNews.nl.

Comparison site Pricewise calculated that the average household will spend EUR 2,275 a year on gas and electricity in 2019, compared to EUR 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. Another comparison site, gaslicht.com, quoted a rise of EUR 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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