Questions & answers about electricity in the Netherlands
How much does electricity cost in the Netherlands?
Expenditures on electricity are partly dependent on individual electricity consumption, which is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh).
Starting in 2023, a price cap ("Prijsplafond") will be introduced for energy. This affects households and other small consumers, and stipulates that a maximum price for gas, electricity, and district heating must not be exceeded up to a certain amount of consumption. As a result, many households will experience a reduction in their energy bills.
Furthermore, energy prices have noticeably fallen, leading energy providers to once again offer annual contracts. For example, here are the electricity prices in a model contract from 03.09.2023:
Electricity per kWh (Single rate): approximately 0.40€
Day and night, or weekend rate
Electricity per kWh (Normal rate): approximately 0.44€
Electricity per kWh (Low rate): approximately 0.39€
Additionally, monthly connection fees of approximately 5 to 7€ are incurred.
For fixed-term contracts, prices can vary significantly. Therefore, we recommend performing a price comparison.
The energy tax for 2023 is 0.15245 € per kWh for electricity, while the levy for the storage of renewable energies is 0 € per kWh. These amounts apply up to a maximum quantity of 10,000 kWh per year for a connection with a flow rate of up to 3 x 80 amps.
As state levies can change each year, your total delivery price can also vary yearly. You will receive an annual discount on energy taxes, which is deducted from the annual invoice. This can also be 0 € if the address has no residential function.
Price cap: Maximum rates up to the consumption limit
For consumption of up to 2,900 kWh of electricity and 1,200 m³ of gas, a maximum of 0.40 € per kWh of electricity and 1.45 € per m³ gas can be charged in 2023. For anything consumed beyond this, the current tariff of the energy contract must be paid.
Rijksoverheid provides further information on the price cap.
We recommend regularly carrying out a price comparison.
 OXXIO (2023). Model Contract. Accessed on 3 September 2023 from https://www.oxxio.nl/stroom-en-gas/modelcontract
 Eneco (2023). Model Contract. Accessed on 3 September 2023 from https://www.eneco.nl/duurzame-energie/modelcontract/