Sources in The Hague told broadcaster NOS that the Cabinet is planning to partially nationalize the city’s heating system to exercise greater influence over its operation.
Energy Minister Rob Jetten wants the government to hold a 51% stake in the network, according to sources, with ministers expected to make a final decision at a cabinet meeting on Friday.
About 500,000 households in the Netherlands are kept warm by district heating systems. This system often utilizes industrially generated waste heat. That number is set to triple over the next few years as the Netherlands moves away from gas central heating systems.
Governments are keen to nationalize the network as a way to encourage people to stop using gas central heating. volksland Reported on Thursday afternoon.
Government officials believe they would be more willing to make the switch if it were left to private companies and had no choice of suppliers, the paper said.
energy company battenfall In response to the report, it said it would not develop any more district heating schemes or expand those already in operation if the cabinet went ahead with nationalization.
The company, which is 100% owned by the Swedish government, said it supports efforts to give local governments a more important role. But the private sector would lose control of the heating system while being held financially responsible, making this an impossible situation, he said, Vattenfall.
80% owned by Eneco Mitsubishi Corporation, He said the decision was “incomprehensible.” The company told Financieele Dagblad that it will lead to “uncertainty about investment in current projects, years of delays and a greater reliance on gas.”
About 90% of the country’s district heating networks are in private hands. Vattenfall, Eneco and Ennatuurlijk dominate the market.
And Jetten wants to decouple the cost of city heating from gas prices, broadcaster NOS said. Homes with industrial heat are facing higher electricity bills, even if they are not using gas due to the current system.
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