The Netherlands’ power market to be fully liberalised by October 1 2003

Sep 18, 2002 02:00 AM

The Dutch gas and electricity market will be fully liberalised from Oct. 1, 2003, the Dutch government announced as part of next year's budget. A market monitoring system to be put in place by mid-2003 will be designed to help the government assess whether additional policy measures are needed to ensure an adequate supply of electricity and network quality and capacity.

The government has promised that the additional cost of ensuring security of supply will be transparent, but it will not spell out what this implies until early next year. It has promised that market liberalisation will be accompanied by an extensive public information campaign which will learn from the lessons of deregulation of the green electricity market.
In adopting the Oct. 1, 2003 amendment, the Dutch government has accepted the recommendation made by its Energy Liberalisation Task Force last April that liberalisation could be advanced by three months compared to the statutory date of Jan. 1, 2004.

So far the Dutch government has only liberalised the market for gas customers with more than 1 mm cm of consumption annually and electricity customers with a connection of at least 3 x 80 Ampere. There are an estimated 6.5 mm customers for gas and 7.5 mm customers for electricity who will additionally be free to choose their supplier once the market is fully liberalised.

Source: Platts
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