In this study, conducted jointly by Ecofys and CE Delft and commissioned by Eneco and Triodos Bank, government interventions in the Dutch energy market were inventoried under the guidance of a group of leading economists and energy experts. The consequences of these interventions for the playing field for fossil fuels, renewables, nuclear power and energy efficiency were then quantified. The results show that, by design or unintentionally, the Dutch government continues to provide greater incentives for energy consumption and use of fossil fuels than for renewable energy sources. Policies aimed at reducing the price differential between renewable and fossil-based electricity should therefore seek to phase out such support and only then address the residual ‘financial gap’.
On June 22nd the report was presented to MPs Liesbeth van Tongeren (Green Left) and Rene Leegte (Liberals) by the respective directors of CE Delft and Ecofys, Frans Rooijers and Manon Janssen.
Supplementary data, October 2011
This report has been revised to accommodate several comments received since original publication in June 2011:
Needless to say, the total figures cited in the report as well as the summary have also been revised accordingly. The new versions can now be downloaded from this page.