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Multiple power suppliers on a single connection to be reality soon

From 2018, consumers and businesses will be able to take out contracts with multiple electricity suppliers on a single connection. For example, consumers will be able to choose a different supplier for their home EV charging stations than for their home energy. And businesses may choose a different supplier to sell their self-generated electricity back to than the one from which they buy power. This has been revealed by the draft decision ‘Multiple suppliers on a single connection’ (in Dutch: ‘Meerdere leveranciers op een aansluiting’), which the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published today. This draft decision is based on a proposal put forward by companies in the energy sector, and has been the result of an extensive collaborative effort between ACM and the sector.

Henk Don, Member of the Board of ACM, adds: "As a result of this decision, consumers and businesses will have more options as to which suppliers they can purchase energy from or sell back to. That could be financially beneficial to them. And it supports the transition towards a sustainable energy supply, because it stimulates electric transportation, and promotes competition in sustainable electricity generation.”

Sustainable energy supply that is also affordable and secure

ACM supports the transition towards a sustainable energy supply. The supply also needs to be affordable and secure. ACM ensures that distribution system operators (DSOs) are able to recoup the investments in sustainability, insofar such investments are efficient. ACM ensures that the energy market functions as efficiently as possible by regulating DSOs and supporting competition on the market.