Anyone who wants to get rid of their gas connection does not simply have to accept the bill for closing it. The national Disputes Committee has won an Amsterdam citizen who wished to terminate his contract with Liander. The ruling can have consequences for other customers who want to get rid of the gas.
The man wants to get off contract because otherwise he has to continue to pay fixed costs for the connection while he is not buying gas. That removal costs 687 euros, but the Amsterdammer does not want to pay for those costs. According to the customer, he can easily be disconnected from the gas without the connection being removed from his house.
But Liander thinks that the connection must be completely removed for safety and that the customer must pay for it. The Disputes Committee does not agree with this. Liander and the customer now have to figure out what is a reasonable amount. According to a customer's own calculation, this is 138 euros, ie 1 year of fixed costs.
There are now more than 7 million gas connections in the Netherlands. The government wants to have all houses in the Netherlands off the gas by 2050.
In the construction world, there are major concerns about the 'hasty' ban on building new homes with a natural gas connection. That goes on July 1, half a year earlier than the sector thought. Sector organizations write in a letter to the government that they do not find this evidence of good governance, reports de Volkskrant
Project developers, construction companies and housing associations are afraid of delays and out-of-control costs for building plans that are still on the drawing board. It would be at least 10,000 houses that were designed with a natural gas connection.
The designs have to be adapted and that entails costs. Homes are also delivered later than planned. For example, houses should be equipped with, for example, an air heat pump instead of a boiler.
In the coalition agreement of last October, “the end of the government's term” was taken as the target moment for all new homes to be free of natural gas. to deliver. Minister Ollongren mentioned in December the year 2020.
But the heavy earthquake in Zeerijp on 8 January led to politics getting hastily. At the end of January, the House of Representatives decided that the obligation to connect all houses in the Netherlands to the gas should be removed as quickly as possible. That will be 1 July. The interest group of project developers Neprom speaks of 'panic football'. Projects that have been on the road for a long time must be radically revised.
There is also a shortage of installers who know how to install a heat pump. That is the considerably more expensive alternative to the traditional central heating boiler.