The Dutch electricity grid has been suffering from major shortages for some time. Businesses can't call or sometimes have to wait for years. It was announced last week that households may also face problems with energy shortages in the future. So outgoing Climate and Energy Minister Rob Gittin may want to turn off “energy guzzlers” at certain times.
De Telegraaf newspaper wrote that there was widespread criticism among energy companies outside the House of Representatives. Former Minister and current President of the Dutch Energy Association Cora van Nieuwenhuizen says that if “electricity is seen as a means of… beloved The product is labeled, and eyebrows start to rise.” They believe these potential measures go further.
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Switzerland already does this
This policy is already quite normal in Switzerland, says KNMP president Aris Prince on NPO 1's “Good Morning Netherlands” program. He has tried it there before while on vacation. “They have a type there freedom. They all cook there with electricity, so between twelve and two they eat hot food, which means the washing machine is off there. The combination in which the washing machine is running simply turns off.
We Dutch are not used to that. Prince also thinks it's going too far. “But on the other hand, we see what happens to energy and we see what happens if we don’t do it ourselves. And then the government will intervene, but then you immediately have another debate.”
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