Energy suppliers in The Netherlands

When moving to The Netherlands your new home will most likely have a working electricity and gas connection. However, you are obliged to apply for a gas and electricity contract and find a suitable utility company, also called energy supplier. Finding a supplier may be difficult because of the language barrier. EnergiePortal is an independent organisation that can help expats with advice and answers regarding the Dutch energy market.

Energy suppliers in The Netherlands offer quite a large variety of energy contracts. The main differences are explained below.

Type of contract

There are contracts that have a set tariff, for example, one, two or three years. When you choose this type of contract, the tariff does not change over time. There are also variable contracts which have a tariff that can change every half year or so. You will benefit if the market prices are going down but you will pay more if the prices on the energy trade market go up. In most cases, a 1-year set contract offers the best tariffs.

Price

The total energy costs consist of a unit price for gas (in cubic meters), a unit price for electricity (in kWh) and several fixed costs such as tax and a network fee. The largest price differences are found in the unit price. Some energy suppliers offer a cash bonus to new customers that close a set contract. You can use an energy comparison website to find solid and affordable contract.

Renewable energy

Several energy suppliers in The Netherlands offer their customers the possibility to choose for renewable (green) energy. However, it is important to state that not all electricity is produced using renewable energy sources in The Netherlands. Some companies choose to import electricity, generated by hydropower, from Scandinavia. Other companies only supply electricity generated by Dutch windmills or biomass. The energy supplier can provide more information about the origin of the electricity.

Dutch energy suppliers

The Netherlands has over 40 energy suppliers that each offer different contracts and conditions. The below infographic gives an overview of all the energy suppliers that are active on the energy market in The Netherlands*.

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* Greenchoice is a subsidary company of Energie Concurrent B.V. (70 percent) and Eneco (30 percent)

Supervision

All of the above energy suppliers are under the supervision of the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). This organisation ensures fair competition between business and protects consumer interests.

Terms and conditions

Energy utility suppliers have terms and conditions for each type of contract. It is important to keep this in mind, for example, when you are planning to make a switch to another supplier. Therefore, pay attention to the following:

  • Do you have to pay a penalty if you do not pay the energy bill in time?
  • What paying methods are applicable and are there extra costs involved?
  • Is there a penalty if you switch energy supplier before your contract ends?
  • What happens when the contract ends? Is it automatically extended?

Laws and regulations

According to Dutch law, all new customers have a 14-day period in which they can change their mind and cancel their new energy contract, without and costs involved.

Last updated: 9 augustus 2016

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