In the coming decade, the energy bill will increase by a few tens annually as a result of the investments made by network managers in the energy network, predicts Stedin director Marc van der Linden in an interview with the AD published Friday.
He expects that 25 to 30 billion euros will be needed over the next ten years to maintain the electricity network and make it more robust. High-voltage network operator TenneT will also have to invest around 10 billion euros.
An Stedin spokesperson confirms that a large proportion of those investments end up on the energy bill as a cost item.
The investments in the network are necessary, among other things, because power consumption is likely to increase in the future. For example, more and more electric cars are being added and more people are expected to use a heat pump to heat the house.
In addition, investments are also needed for, for example, connecting new residential areas and maintaining the gas network.
How exactly the investments will be financed is not yet clear, notes the daily. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) determines which tariffs network operators may charge.
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