Mon Nov 14 2022
Increase in Natural Gas Prices Makes District Heating Prices Increase Drastically
As most of you could already observe, natural gas prices are going up at a frightening pace. Caused by inflation among other factors, the rise of gas prices is pretty much unstoppable. Even worse news is the price of district heating being linked to the price of natural gas, causing heating rates to rise just as fast.
District Heating System in Rotterdam
Many residential buildings in Rotterdam make use of district heating, that is, the heat being released during industrial processes at the port of Rotterdam. The released heat that once went to waste is now channeled into pipes and used in Rotterdam’s heating network. All of this, so houses could get rid of using natural gas.
It may therefore come as a surprise that the price for district heating is linked to the price of natural gas. The reason for this is the government wanting to prevent people from being charged for the higher prices of district heating at the time in comparison to natural gas prices.
Unfortunately, this proposal didn’t mature well. The price of natural gas has gone up significantly in recent months, hence, the district heating tariff rose just as fast.
What You Have to Know About Future Gas Prices
On January 1st, 2023, district heating prices will probably again rise significantly. The Minister of Climate & Energy, Rob Jetten, plans the decoupling of district heating and natural gas tariffs, but the positive effects of his actions can be experienced the soonest in a year.
Still interested about the decoupling of district heating and gas prices? Then click here for more information.