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NMa has set tariffs of transmission system operators for natural gas and electricity

The Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) has set the 2013 tariffs for both the Dutch transmission system operator for natural gas Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) and the Dutch transmission system operator for electricity TenneT. GTS’ tariffs increase on average by 1 percent, whereas TenneT’s tariffs decrease by approximately 3 percent. The tariffs of GTS and TenneT include, among other items, compensations for inflation and investments. In addition, an efficiency-stimulating tariff adjustment has also been implemented.

GTs’ tariffs have increased because of permitted revenues for new products and services, market facilitation activities, and expansion investments. One GTS investment that is allowed is the nitrogen buffer in the northern town of Heiligerlee. This investment will result in an increase of the quality conversion tariff. This nitrogen buffer is needed because the natural-gas field in the Netherlands is becoming smaller and smaller, which means more and more natural gas from abroad must be imported. The calorific value of foreign natural gas is higher than that of the Dutch natural-gas field. By adding nitrogen to this natural gas, its calorific value is increased to the right value, after which it can be transported and be used by households.

TenneT has made a major investment in the town of Wateringen where it has installed a new electrical substation. This was needed to safeguard security of supply in the future for the densely populated western part of the Netherlands. TenneT’s revenues will increase to approximately EUR 508 million, but the tariffs will decrease in part because of TenneT’s projected increase in sales. Increased sales result in lower tariffs because TenneT’s total revenues are set by the NMa (revenue regulation).

The NMa expects that the effects of the tariffs of the suppliers of natural gas, and those of the regional network operators of electricity will be passed on to buyers, both to businesses and consumers. TenneT, GTS and other interested parties can file objections and appeals against these tariff decisions. Should they do so, the 2013 tariffs will nonetheless take effect. If one or more objections are approved, any overpayments or underpayments will be compensated in future tariffs.

The tariff decisions (in Dutch) can be found below. Tariffs per buyer may vary.

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