The members of the trade association of the Dutch energy industry Energie Nederland (EN) plan to close down five coal power plants from the 1980s. EN asked the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to assess whether this plan can be reconciled with the cartel prohibition laid down in the Dutch Competition Act and in European legislation.
ACM has concluded that this plan is not reconcilable with the cartel prohibition. ACM has come to this conclusion, in part, on the basis of an analysis of the costs and benefits of the plan. This analysis is explained in the document below.