Dutch gas prices are the second highest in Europe

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The price of gas in the Netherlands is the second highest in Europe, with only Swedish households paying more, according to an analysis by the website Energievergelijk.nl.

The research is based on figures from the Household Energy Price Index, produced by Austrian and Hungarian regulators, which compares prices in 33 countries.

Dutch consumers currently pay 23.3 cents per kilowatt hour for gas, or €2.25 per cubic meter including tax, double the European average of 12.4 cents. The situation in Germany and Belgium is in line with the average, with charges of 14.2 cents and 12.2 cents respectively.

“Around 37% of Dutch gas bills are due to taxes, the highest percentage in all of Europe,” said Energievergelijk.nl spokesman Koen Kuijper. “Additionally, markets that rely heavily on imported gas often have higher prices than those with more water, nuclear and coal power.”

Electricity prices in the Netherlands are also higher than in many EU countries, but the difference is not as marked as with gas. The Dutch pay an average of 30.5 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity, four cents more than the European average. Electricity is most expensive – 51 cents per kilowatt hour – in Italy and cheapest in Hungary at 9.9 cents.

Compared to last year, electricity prices in Europe have increased by an average of 42%, while gas prices have increased by 83%.

End of the year

Kuijper said he expects the biggest problem for Dutch consumers to come at the end of the year, when fixed energy contracts expire and people increase their use of gas for heating.

The Dutch government has reduced value added tax (btw) on fuel bills from 21% to 9% in an effort to reduce household bills, and has offered a set of offsets.

European leaders agreed on Tuesday to take steps to ensure a voluntary 15% reduction in gas consumption over the next few months, to avoid the risk of shortages due to the war in Ukraine.

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