Between 1 July and 31 December 2022, the Dutch government reduced the energy tax from 21% to 9%. From 1 January 2023 you will again pay 21% VAT on energy products. This reduction has been included in the price structure.
The price cap
You are entitled to a governmental discount on your energy costs in 2023, the so-called 'Price Cap'. For electricity, the maximum rate will be € 0,40 per kWh up to a consumption of 2.900 kWh per year. For gas, the maximum rate will be € 1,45 per m3 up to a consumption of 1.200 m3 per year.
This is the Vrijopnaam commodity rate for electricity. You pay VAT on the electricity rate. With "Vrijopnaam stroom variabel" you have a flexible contract that can be cancelled monthly. We adjust the rates every month. With "Vrijopnaam Dynamic rates" the price of electricity can change every hour.
Natural gas rate
By choosing "Vrijopnaam gas variabel" you have opted for a variable m3 commodity rate that we adjust every month based on wholesale market developments. With "Vrijopnaam Dynamic rates" the price of gas changes on a daily base.
Single rate electricity
"Single rate" concerns the price for all electricity supplied by Vrijopnaam, irrespective of the time at which your use takes place. Always the same economical price per kWh.
Normal and off-peak electricity rates
If you opt for day and night electricity (double tariff), you pay a different rate for your electricity at night compared to daytime consumption. The off-peak rate applies on working days from 11pm to 7am, on weekend days and during Dutch national holidays. In specific regions our off-peak rate already applies from 9pm (Noord-Brabant and Limburg).
Energy tax is a government levy on the consumption of electricity and natural gas. By doing so, the governement wants people to use energy more sparingly and efficiently. You pay VAT as well on the energy tax.
Sustainable Energy Surcharge (ODE)
As of January 1, 2013, the Dutch government has introduced a new additional levy, the 'Sustainable Energy Surcharge' (Opslag Duurzame Energie, ODE). This tax was created to stimulate investments in sustainable energy more. You pay VAT as well on the ODE. From January 2023 on, the 'ODE' is included in the Energy tax.
Fixed delivery costs
The fixed delivery costs are the costs Vrijopnaam charges for carrying out its business processes. These fixed delivery costs are € 6,50 per month per commodity (electricity and/or natural gas).
Energy tax credit
A tax credit applies to each electricity connection. This is because up to a certain amount, energy use is regarded as a basic need. A reduction of € 596,86 incl. VAT per year applies to the electricity tax for residential areas. We will incorporate this credit in your monthly installment amount.
Electricity grid operator costs
In addition to the delivery rate and energy taxes, you also pay grid costs for managing and maintaining the electricity grid and meter rental. For an average user these grid costs are € 354,51 incl. VAT per year. This amount is based on Stedin's rates for 2023 (Stedin is the regional grid operator in the province of Utrecht and in large parts of the province of South-Holland). The actual costs depend on your regional grid operator.
Grid operator costs natural gas
For an average user, the natural gas grid management costs are € 207 incl. VAT per year. This amount is based on Stedin's rates for 2023. The actual costs depend on your regional grid operator.
Produce your own power with Paneelopnaam
If you produce power with one or more solar panels in one of our solar parks (Panelenopnaam), you will receive the electricity rate of Vrijopnaam including VAT. This rate has a maximum of € 0,10 per kWh (incl. VAT).
We guarantee that the solar panels in our parks produce at least 250 kWh per year. Obviously, Vrijopnaam's electricity rate does not apply on all self-produced solar power (VAT included). Unfortunately, the Dutch government does not allow us to disregard the energy taxes and legal surcharges. That's why we do include these government levies on the annual invoice. The value of the electricity you produce therefore consists of Vrijopnaam's commodity price for power including VAT.
Produce electricity with solar panels on your own roof
If you have produced more solar power than you consumed during a year, you will receive a fixed feed-in compensation. The fixed feed-in compensation can be found on the rate sheet in the Vrijopnaam web-app.
Your monthly installment amount
Your installment amount is based on the usage you have specified, the actual commodity rates of Vrijopnaam, all governmental taxes and levies, grid operator costs and our fixed delivery costs.
Don't hesitate to contact us:
Telephone: 085-30 32 652