The market price for natural gas is currently rising at an unprecedented rate. On 1 October, several energy suppliers raised their consumer prices again. According to the price comparison site, Gaslicht.com, this will cost an average household, taking out a new contract, hundreds of extra euros per year. The heating of your home is becoming an increasingly larger cost item. In order to keep the energy bill affordable, it was decided to make 375 million available for lowering the energy tax.
At the same time, there is a Climate Agreement, in which the government has set out a long-term strategy for the pricing of energy. The price of natural gas is slowly being increased, while the price of electricity is set to decrease. Rising gas prices should motivate households to use less gas. They can do this, for example, by insulating their homes or switching to heating using a heat pump. The Netherlands wants to be rid of gas by 2050.
The government, therefore, wants to increase the price of gas for consumers through taxation. So why is a reduction being introduced now?
Actually, the market price of gas is rising too fast. The proposed reduction in the energy tax is aimed at keeping energy affordable and preventing payment problems. The term ‘energy poverty’ is already being bandied about frequently. The group most susceptible to this are households with a relatively low income and poorly insulated houses. They are more vulnerable to sharply rising energy costs, as these take up an increasing share of their income. TNO recently estimated that 550,000 households are affected by energy poverty.