Groepsaankopen

Dat groepsaankopen in de energie sector al lang een factor van betekenis zijn blijkt ook nu nog steeds het geval. Ongeveer de helft van alle klanten die van leverancier veranderen doen dit via een dergelijke groepsaankoop.

Zijn er alleen maar voordelen? Op het eerste zicht wel gezien er voor de consument eigenlijk een tussenpartij is die het voorbereidende werk doet en voor de leverancier een moment ontstaat waarop hij met relatief geringe marketing inspanning toch snel kan groeien.

Er zijn echter ook wel negatieve kanten aan dergelijke groepsaankopen, niet iedereen past in de eenheidsworst van een dergelijke manier van aankopen en het blijft natuurlijk maar een moment opname. Men dient niet alleen waakzaam te blijven op het moment van een groepsaankoop, maar om de paar maanden controleren hoe de markttarieven evolueren en wat de impact is op jouw specifieke situatie.

Voor de leveranciers met hun ultra kleine marges, die vaak flirten met negatieve netto marges, is het steeds bang afwachten wat de impact is van zo’n aktie. Buiten de speciale aktie voorstellen, die de al magere marges helemaal laten verwateren, is er ook het risico dat dergelijke groepsaankopen leveranciers met extra kosten opzadelen.

Stel voor dat je ineens tienduizenden klanten verliest terwijl je juist extra mensen hebt aangenomen om al je klanten een voldoende service te kunnen bieden? Dat klanten bewust kiezen voor een andere leverancier is normaal in een vrije marktkeuze, maar grote verschuivingen van de ene op andere dag tasten de al zwakke rendabiliteit van deze sector aan.

Dat het switch gedrag en vooral de hoeveelheid in percentage positief beïnvloed wordt door grote groepsaankopen staat boven water, alleen is dit naar mijn mening geen barometer van een goede marktwerking. Kijkt men bijvoorbeeld naar Vlaanderen dan zijn we bij de besten qua gezinnen die jaarlijks van leverancier veranderen, maar aan de andere kant houden leveranciers (ook grote) er gewoon mee op in België. De gezondheid van een sector is een belangrijke barometer en hieraan gaat men vaak nogal snel voorbij.

Gezien de verschillen op onze energiefactuur zeer klein zijn geworden, doordat het onderdeel product nog maar een marginaal deel uit maakt van onze factuur, zijn de vooruitzichten voor een goede marktwerking niet goed. De leveranciers moeten op een steeds kleiner deel van de factuur concurreren, waardoor het verschil te marginaal wordt en klanten hun interesse gaan verliezen in de vrije markt.

Een goede regulator anticipeert op dergelijke tendensen en zorgt ervoor dat de vrije markt gewaarborgd blijft en er dus voldoende ruimte blijft. Het uitblijven bijvoorbeeld van een nieuwe definitie van de distributienettarieven(lees betalen voor vermogen in plaats van per KWh) is zo’n opvallend gegeven waar de regulator in staat kan zijn om de energiefactuur terug meer in balans te krijgen. Men zou er ook voor kunnen kiezen om de energiefactuur terug eenvoudiger te maken door alle belastingen en taksen apart te zetten en niet meer op onze energiefactuur. Vele van deze taksen en heffingen horen niet thuis in de geliberaliseerde markt en kunnen perfect door de overheid op een andere manier gefactureerd worden.

Het percentuele veranderingsgedrag (“switchen”) van de consument krijgt nog steeds teveel aandacht en mag vooral niet alleen gezien worden als barometer van een gezonde marktwerking. Natuurlijk is het geen probleem om deze statistieken trouw te melden en dient er een percentage klanten te zijn die van leverancier verandert, alleen doet men alsof dit het resultaat is van de goede werking van een regulator.

Het is net zoals een regering die zich op de borst slaat als de economie goed draait en de werkgelegenheid stijgt, het grootste deel van de eer ligt echter bij anderen. De formule van onze economie is een zeer complex geheel en al helemaal niet voorspelbaar. De menselijke psyche blijft daarbij een belangrijke rol spelen en daardoor wordt het spel boeiend maar vooral moeilijk te lezen.

Het verdwijnen van marktspelers zal op termijn een veel belangrijkere impact hebben voor het concurrentievermogen van onze sector dan de kwartaal rapportering van gezinnen die van leverancier veranderen. Het stof na de overname ENI Belgium door Eneco is nog niet gaan liggen of we krijgen nu de mogelijke verkoop van Eneco in Nederland. Het mogelijks verdwijnen van de laatste “nationale” speler in Nederland kan zo ook gevolgen hebben voor België.

Onze regulatoren in de energiesector zouden er goed aan doen om eens met hun collega’s van de telecom sector te spreken om te leren wat er allemaal fout is gegaan en vooral wat het resultaat is. Het verdwijnen van vele telecomspelers zorgt vandaag in vele gevallen voor een terugkeer naar een “monopolie”. Nee niet met één speler, maar met een heel beperkt aantal spelers die elkaar stimuleren in het opstuwen van de prijzen en elkaar zo in stand houden. Noem het oligopolie voor mijn part, maar het wijkt ver af van de oorspronkelijke bedoeling in 1998 toen deze markt werd geliberaliseerd.

Holiday

I, too, fall victim to the annual migration flows towards abroad to enjoy other resorts. Itself I try more and more to stay closer to home in order to minimize my ecological holiday impact even though this is a noble endeavour rather than reality. To choose my impact on the destination is frequently not too big, but this time it was me yet managed to opt for culture instead of the obligatory Beach and Sun.

Now my children with five and ten still at an age that they desire a sea breeze and lots of sand. This time the destination was England and in particular a region called the Cotswolds. Highly recommended for those looking for beautiful scenery and charming villages that still preserve their authenticity have to a large extent. As good as no foreign number plates on the English roads and as well as nowhere tourists files.

What all this has to do with energy you may recommend, but the impact on the climate of our annual tourist migration should not be underestimated. A fly trip with the family to a distant destination is already good for more than a year electricity and heating for an entire family. In any case, continues to fly in most cases much heavier burden than any other form of transport. Factor four to seven more polluting than train or wagon, even though the distance plays a role.

In principle, one can say that flights within Europe actually crap are for holiday purposes, This of course seen from our common objective to bring back the emission of harmful greenhouse gases. The climate treaty of Paris may be known by anyone, We translate him yet to firm targets for our self as an individual. With the drive yourself to my destination by a few hundred kilometers I realized that change starts with you. Our Governments (in any country) have missed an opportunity by not following the conclusion of the Paris Convention also to bet on individual goals.

Of course there are good campaigns to isolate or solar panels for your home and are also necessary. Only one forget the real dramas for the climate and environment. Growing 1 kilo of beef requires more than 15.000 litres of fresh water. Of the 50 million square kilometers of agricultural land in the world, we use such a 80% for the animal husbandry. Do there methane emissions by cows on top of with 40% and you get an idea of where the real troubles; our consumption behavior.

Of course our energy sector can ensure that they eventually no more emissions caused when it produces, but we need also to take into account the production methods. For each windmill is such a 150 tons of coal to produce the necessary steel needed and we must therefore tackle this. The same also applies to our other sustainable technology that is often made with natural gas or coal and also too often precious metals used in the process.

Positive is that there is a gear which we can roll out business originated. When Graham Bell invented the phone it took 75 year to 50 million users to have. With the introduction of the smartphone did it all in 1 year to 50 million to find buyers. The society is indeed able to adjust his behavior much faster, but this may not be limited to the purchasing behavior.

Returning to England I noticed that there is little solar panels were used on private dwellings, Surely in relationship with Belgium where more than 1 on the ten households now has. The many chimneys remind us every day to the long road we have to go, also in our own country. The ambition in Netherlands and Belgium to stop natural gas as heating is ambitious and in my opinion today impossible having regard to fossil fuels such as natural gas and petroleum/fuel oil now much cheaper than electricity. The prices of 1 KWh electricity will now quickly to the German level (30 cents per KWh) and prove that between the word and the Act a huge gap. Every manager has his mouth full of the electrification of our society based on sustainable energy, but then one must make sure that fossil fuels are more expensive than electricity.

That the world every year 2000 TWh more energy put even more pressure on the boiler to make the right choices in those countries that create this additional demand. Exporting our knowledge, services and products in this area will also be the economic engine make it work given the investment required at global level.

Weather 6 GW wind there in Europe

The advance of wind farms continue, about two-thirds is on land and sea and one third of a delay is (still) no question. On top of that, we went by the week negative with wholesale prices on the current trade shows.

Sounds good, and yet, I set very large question the fact that these posts just euphoric are brought, Since the bulk of our energy generated still consists of classic power plants. If you take away these energy sources, does this mean the end of our present civilization and prosperity. Also the positive messages about negative stock market prices go beyond my comprehension, seen this a sign of instability of the current system is that at the very least suffer from growing pains or more.

Unlike many of my colleagues, Part I so not at all the euphoria of low energy prices or this now for oil, gas or electricity are. Low prices not put directly on to innovation in the area of energy efficiency. Given the need for huge investment in all parts of the energy chain, the question is whether we in this way to ensure that there is a stable market effect is where all charges and settled.

Despite the many threads on this, we are working today in a model that grosso modo ten years ago was in operation. That the power exchanges have grown towards each other may be a change to the parameters where the price is determined, but other than that all new renewable energy on top is thrown there is really nothing of substance changed.

Remarkable are also the contrasts between the press releases of the market players and those who work within a natural regulated monopoly. That Elijah or other network companies with solid financial figures come out is good and even necessary for the challenges that they face. Having regard to the parties that actually function in the free market must be able to count on a higher return in order to justify the risk with which they should work.

We see, however, that for almost ten years most manufacturers and suppliers still scarcely a acceptable returns, and that most in their suppliers business flirting with a 0% margin. Also at the producers there are the last eight years only red numbers written on their already written off stations, especially gas plants are flocking closed or in mothballs struck. I have previously written, but there is still no discernible.

A company like Vattenfall has once again presented with disappointing figures especially problems in Netherlands (Nuon) and Germany. Of the 10 billion euros that Vattenfall for Nuon has paid in 2009 six billion is already written off. That they undoubtedly goodwill have paid for this company will surely be true, but one fact remains that the assets (read, for example, natural gas power plants) they have acquired have become largely worthless when.

Another striking fact in Belgium was the announcement of the agreement by the Federal Government summer, where above all the issue of energy almost completely excelled in his absence. Apparently the Government is convinced that all necessary steps have been taken to our energy management to maintain the coming decades without harming the environment. No section found in the main part chords, in itself it seems that the low energy prices has lulled everyone to sleep and that in itself yet understandable.

The fear of the luxury of surpluses turned into deficits seems given the market however is always right, or not? That may be not satisfied with Ebrahimi/Electrabel also his results in the Benelux by the high degree of unavailability of some of its nuclear reactors will apparently for an extra blanket for comfort. Because, If the light remains lit despite there are several nuclear power plants did not work then we have more than enough reserves? Also, the strategic reserves decreased or the need for it so it is again business as usual.

And yet it's a bit like with the emissions of our German diesel cars, on paper no problem and so no problem until one begins to dig. Not only did just about all luxury brands at our eastern neighbours apparently wrong software in their engines, but also the supplier of these controls is now examined.

Even though it can be said that our industry has no hidden secrets as this German car suppliers, we are in the same bed sick. The coma of our ETS system, and because of this the way too cheap emissions rights, have ended up the same result. Everyone knows that it is bad but we choose to ignore it. The run to 2020 is undergoing and we must hope that many Member States are far from their goals remain removed so that there is going to be dramatically intervened and the cost for a ton of emissions now to its correct value. That this sharply over the 100 € per tonne is evidenced by sufficient studies of various reputed universities (o. (a). Cambridge recently) only is the urgency today to look far.

And yet there is still a ray of hope; as for me very familiar (I would argue for two and a half years for) is the possible ambition of the Belgian Federal Government to market the energy bonds, This in the first place for institutional investors. I think it need not be confined to; the population would at the end of the day also should be able to do, If only to the very negative perception of our sector to times. That 90% of the funds initially by the institutional investors will come is almost certainly, but that makes the possibility that a Belgian/European family can participate not less important. Setting Energy bonds is indeed a good intention of this Government, but as always the devil is in the details of the implementation will be.

Last "historical" Benelux energy company

Now look back to the past is never something I long have considered, but it has to be even bother to see what has changed in the last fifteen years in the Benelux in the areas of energy supply and especially let's see which players have disappeared and who else remains.

The liberalisation of the telecom sector in the late 1990s brought a similar wind in the energy sector that was neatly divided in most countries between national or regional monopolies. These are often integrated companies had activities in the transport of energy, storage(gas), production(electricity or gas fields), trade (especially cross-border) and delivery and were often owned by national or local authorities.

The desire to liberalise the energy market from Europe to similarity with the telecom market provided a unique dynamics. Gentlemen since many decades were from one day to the next each other's competitors, whether in Netherlands was with Essent, Nuon, Eneco, Delta or the many urban utilities, or in Belgium where the two historical monopolists Electrabel and Luminus, they started suddenly to discredit each other in everything.

Lawyers experienced good times seen in all of these companies there are large Chinese walls had to be built between the various components. Network companies sprung up, independent suppliers shots from the ground (Similarly Watts Plus in 2002, later known as Essent Belgium) and everyone went out of more competition and therefore better prices.

Right away 15 years later we can oversee the battlefield of the free market and we see a mixed picture. Where 15 years ago Netherlands more than 20 energy companies had in the hands of Dutch shareholders (mostly publicly) is there one about being Eneco(I apologize if I forget the smaller players that are now in private hands have found their niche with success).

Of the former more than 20 historical regional players in Netherlands there is still one on and also they are now going for the axe. The public shareholders of Eneco with the cities of Rotterdam and the Hague for like to the risks of the free market not. Still crazy that Governments have argued for the liberalisation, but then not want to undergo the dangers but leave it to the private sector.

In itself I have no melancholic feelings in the disappearance of all these companies, but the absence of any local roots in a society in its energy companies need not necessarily be a good thing to be. The need for long-term investments in our sector are large and local roots is therefore important and we must therefore reinvent this. Fortunately, there are plenty of young initiatives through crowdfunding, cooperatives and other forms that the involvement of local people and companies trying to stimulate.

That Governments were retrenching their network companies seen this be assured of a natural monopoly and hence dito returns may be understandable it remains curious that so apparently the created rule- and legislation to liberalise by that same Government is seen as insufficient to guarantee returns.

There is nowhere that Governments cannot invest in production, for example, or in other parts of the energy chain outside the network company, There is only agreed in Europe that no longer integrated energy companies may be (read network, trade, production and delivery in one company). The truth is that many countries even these agreements just disregard it if there is plenty of time for taking.

That one already in Belgium in the late 1980s goodbye was to taking his crown jewels in the energy sector should still be seen as a historic mistake of format given the many nuclear power stations that are now in private hands are and where the population will have headaches for several decades. The hot potato of the closure of these power plants is Government after Government pushed backwards (kinda like the vergrijzingsbom and a balanced budget). The planned closure of the nuclear power stations still between 2023-2025 is a Laugher seen one has failed to build a realistic alternative in addition to the option of a conclusion so that we could also run.

Coming back to the liberalisation, one can say that this has had unexpected side effects and banishes the illusion of lower prices is done by the many rise in taxes and charges,. Our energy bill of quiet Avenue on our belastingsbrief with its many categories (read outbuildings) that in itself ensure that liberalization takes place only on 20 to 30% of our invoice (ten years ago, the component energy still accounts for more than 50% of our invoice).

For the consumer the choice between the supplier (a) or (b) if very marginal in view of the magnitude of his Bill completely stuck with regulated State levies. For years the companies complain bitterly about the height of their Bill even though the electricity component (and gas) with 50% dropped the last ten years. They, too, although to a lesser extent feel the increase in regulated costs on their invoice.

And yet we all must contribute to a new energy system without fossil emissions (read greenhouse gases), one where fossil fuels such as oil a much higher value (read frugal approach given the limited stocks) even hundreds of years to be used for specific industrial applications and a society where everyone has access to energy, but there much more economical deal.

A lot of interest in wind and Sun

That the still relatively young sustainable sector dominated by the attention to Sun- and wind projects is logically this technology more than supported by the various Government and also rapidly approaching the technology progress.

Whether it be in terms of price or scale is, the figures remain impressive. That some companies have made a huge success if Dong with folder and from their historical position in less than ten years succeeded in this are is in itself a performance.

Or he can be regarded therefore as successful is still far too early to assess. In any case, herd behaviour is never far away and even though a number of so-called "copycats" attempt to go on a same road. The focus on one small part of the solution is from a business perspective certainly good only one needs to understand that one or many other priorities lay.

That Dong especially grows with grants so far is a commonly given, but the next step to build offshore wind farms without any subsidy is far from certain. The objective of the country manager for Dong this weekend at the Dutch financial Newspaper that this path a certain is seems very premature. There wind today in the world a very small place in takes (less than half a per cent of the total energy requirement comes from the production of wind) I have already explained last week and just goes to show that this path has only just started and very long.

That electricity will take the place of fossil fuel as the main carrier for our energy needs is a possible and even a likely ski information, but far from a certainty. The facility in which many call that we this little piggy will just wash there is far over, but there are positive signs. Last year, the investment in power generation and the petrochemical industries for the first time in seventy years greater than all investments in fossil fuels such as oil and gas.

This is mainly because the investment in oil and gas extraction dropped dramatically may be a reality, the investment in our electricity needs in any case continue to work. The next question one must ask is this at a high enough level and the answer to this is no. The sloppy 600 billion which the world last year spent for investment in electricity applications is spacious enough to create the folder. The fact that also 600 billion in oil and gas exploration were spent says enough. This 600 billion in new sources is just to maintain the replacement so that we our 90 Summarize per day oil can continue pumping up million.

Even if we this lump sum may start investing in electricity applications then this would be more than sufficient considering this only serves to maintain the capacity. For example, we want the 90 million barrels a day replaced by renewable electricity then is still a multiple of 600 billion annually needed. Now the situation is not that bad in view of oil and gas still many decades will be needed and useful. We only serve all combustion in first instance of oil to reduce drastically and this useful and necessary raw material being oil to continue using it for all our other products we need.

Finding applications that emission-free and which allow us to continue to use oil and gas is one of the challenges we face. Is the bad news of storage of CO2 a damper on the solutions that one had provided. The huge delay and even of contents of storage of CO2 under the ground also proves that words easier than deeds and that our desire to everything on Sun and wind to make it work is certainly not something to be taken for granted and today also not substantiated by facts.

The desire and wants to have is absolutely important followed by a vision and strategy. Then does one mobilize the resources and we are going there full of against it. The roll-out of the many wind farms is an example of, but the outcome is still not at all sure. There are still many ' missing links ' where one sometimes still has no idea how to solve this, sometimes no car audio/video legislation, no resources or no will.

Also our mobility and the rise of the lithium battery as the Eureka solution there is far over because the law of large numbers tells us that scaling up is not possible without substantial adjustments. All sectors are excluded from the scope and emit more harmful substances from. The 300.000 boats that sail the world daily punches more than all cars together in the world, the same goes for the aviation industry which completely disregarded so far. This niche sectors in terms of priority may be more important than our sacred car given the solutions easier to find by the relatively small power source per unit.

For our sector is the solution that the authorities ensure that it is necessary to invest in spare capacity and/or storage if, for example, offshore wind farms builds. The problem about the fence throwing and expect others to resolve this is naive and also not feasible. The statement that for every MW wind should build a MW storage is not in the right proportion, but there is now a basis of truth in. The more wind and Sun the more need to smart solutions, whether it's in the net is, the decrease side, storage or spare capacity, There is far too little invested in today.

Green power certificates quotas, world requires more energy each year

The pit of 2 billion last year with great fanfare by the previous Minister of energy in Flanders was argued and for which they immediately also a solution (read dog) that got its name was her swan song.

The dismissal which followed and the pek they in its many Springs got there was far over and not earned, since they had been responsible for the well. That perhaps room for improvement in its communication sat, is certainly, but her successor does have learned to his fingers not to burn to these matter.

Or maybe not? Hoping that the rest in our sector and above all the attention on essential matters would return, like building an energy vision, we went quietly with the issues of the day. Newspapers and tv programs were filled again with our sector which are already decent image further violated see drift into a necessary evil.

Even good organizations such as Chamber of commerce were to the Western Wall and find that the energy price for their companies should not rise. Unfortunately, an informed basis is missing, because as long as the energy price in Europe is growing together, I see the problem is not. That the climate is much much faster and shows us her defense as frogs slowly cooking is, turns out still no reason to our joint responsibility.

As said, the issues of the day just continues reign, but the Flemish Minister of Energy Mr. Talam remains beech on the wall of indifference with regard to the sustainability of our industry. That the communication is not run smoothly is clear, having regard to its findings that the 2 billion put already muted by two years Turteltaks and doing away with the wood Combustors in Gent and Genk for his colleagues in the Government apparently complete fell from the sky.

Mr. Taleb has raised the quota obligation, I think, quite right for suppliers should be reactivated. Letting go of this measure was an historic mistake, It is therefore justified that he would roll back. If you really mean with achieving sustainable goals, then you need to set up a quota obligation.

The phase of ointments alone is not sufficient, the stick where you can store must be visible otherwise the movement forward not strong enough. I would like to take a step to the sport, If you are not training and especially not hard enough, then you will never win. All athletes have to blood, sweat and tears their boundaries and that's no different for our challenge. This new industrial revolution (because that is the) all and more of us will require. A world where we no longer use fossil fuels to produce emissions is difficult, painful and takes all possible resources.

The one that only through "Kumbaya" posts about yet another opening of a Solar park, wind farm or some other form of promote renewable energy for their own welfare (I also do) take themselves in the grind, because the road is not yet paved and above all still very long.

At this time is growing global demand for energy (in all types of) annually with 2000Twh. We want to only track the growth already with for example windmills we should annually 150.000 windmills build on an area roughly the size of England and Ireland. This effort, we should at least 25 year and then we caught enough land with windmills equal to the area of Russia. Not to mention the sustainable energy that must be built to meet the existing demand of energy.

At this time Sun and wind are good for 0.7%(global) all our energy needs (Green in total 4% If you count all biomass and hydro power) and we must therefore still 96% to build renewable energy from all of our energy needs. And not to mention the annual growth rate of 2000Twh, because we are hundreds of millions of people out of poverty by giving them energy. From the above it appears that our current pace we never go get the desired result against 2050. But I let myself be surprised by contrary!

Back to Flanders. Given that the figures of Mr. Talam is correct, then I hope that he can convince his colleagues in the Government directly for its proposal to follow and not their own political agenda. The dossier poisoned is obvious. It is, however,, to my estimation, with fun give to prove that the Turtelput is gone. Hopefully not all of his energy to and he still has time to move its Federal colleague to finally do something for our sector. The rumor mill is already under way, There are design proposals but these are not yet transparent shared, due to conflicting interests or lack of consensus. Now is perseverance and perseverance far more valuable than any strategy or vision than also, but the lack of both is unthinkable.

The desire of Mr. Talwar to this year from his voluntarism to a common vision with the other regions and the federal level seems further away, especially now the ideal excuse comes along with the crisis in French-speaking Belgium where new Governments need to be formed. Flights in this seems to be the way forward for the Federal Minister responsible. Otherwise it will continue to run off to countries that also Belgian money their marching orders for the development of a sustainable energy management have determined.

Weather in the sector in Belgium attention

Weather in Belgium last week, there were a number of high profile events in our sector. A first case was the will of State Secretary Dag to the cost of the yet to be built offshore wind farms to reduce.

Given the concessions already have been forgiven to a number of parties this is a tough exercise. Against the merits of the case is nothing wrong, that is, ensure that we build sustainable production at the best possible price. The path of companies like Dong, EnBW and Shell to a race to "the buttom" to organize in which spectacular bids are done ranging from €74, 55to grant € and finally to £0 want to invest seems at first sight very good news.

Now, the marginal cost of an produced wind or Sun MWh indeed be zero since the brandstoffbronnen, namely wind and Sun, free of charge are, itself I do not believe in the free model. The candidate, of course, not builders and we must seek out their real reasons for such large investments and yet to their shareholders to be able to guarantee another return.

Speculating on a higher electricity price in the future on the current trade fairs seems to me a difficult basis for your long term financial models on which to base even though it remains one of the important parameters. If you believe in the future of electricity than the price can only rise.

And yet it's risky what does Belgium, the existing concessionaires of the last three offshore wind farms were already well into their preparation and will therefore be very difficult(read almost impossible) to get discounts by 20 à 30% to enforce. The returns are smaller than the desired reductions and no one goes with loss investments except parties that buy market share.

There are currently high prices offered for renewable energy projects are often still seen with subsidy be built and so a certain source of income are, even though the returns are limited to 4 à 5%(at the project level).

If the Belgian Government her wish continues, chances are that the existing concessionaires dropping off and one can organize a new auction. As already mentioned the costs that are made(the only demonstrable costs incurred to third parties, so-called "third party expenses") to be paid back. The damage is certainly not eliminated because this market parties will next time think twice before going to venture to develop projects in our little country.

Are sustainable objectives that Belgium is not going to pick is virtually sure this, also the other possible sustainable developments are at a very low ebb and the road to 40-50% sustainable is yet to be built. Based on the current market forces it is certain that we cannot pick up and the odds are even real that we go to a stagnation or even slight decrease of the total number of produced green MWh.

There was also a ruling of the Constitutional Court that the so-called Turteltaks has referred to the eternal hunting grounds and the Flemish Government with a serious challenge has saddled. The desire to all costs to stop the KWh on our invoice may be logical but the motto that the polluter paid so then is baloney. For example, if someone only green power level is he/she not polluter but he must pay all taxes.

The best seems to me to these costs in the general budget and through a separate transparent dog everyone pay, This means all businesses and all families.

We must really ask ourselves how we are going to pay the transition because this is still many times more cost than the first steps we finance are now. As always, be quite gratuit words in the mouth taken as oversubsidiering that are not based on any truth but often are the result of studies that at one time made. Such as the study of the Creg or PWC, all correct only little relevance because you can just about every day and every day a new calculation will differ.

If you want to create a correct study then you need the formula so that he is dynamic and so is usable at any time and therefore is valid. For example the constantly adjust the financing costs is an important parameter where Governments far too little into account. If the FED continues to increase the interest then will also sooner or later the European bank do this and already quite sure if our economy continues to do well.

The effect of the interest rate is often much more decisive than the decrease in the cost price of a foundation and the Government must understand that if they blifjt to muddle the investment cost for the nv Belgium and by extension for all countries sometimes much higher could go fall out. It is incomprehensible that now he does not make progress with infrastructure investments because the financing costs will likely only to rise(be sure to read).

The more our sector shall endorse the policy and make changes the further we off a real liberalised market. The paste and cut work ensures that investors will ask more guarantees in the future. The positive of procrastination is that the need for change more, that 2020 very close will hopefully for a number of countries the red card meaning and a signal to the business now have somewhere to go take.

Roaming in Europe: good for your money, bad for the climate

This week, the telecom sector in the positive light because the roaming rates finally shattered for so long were abolished within the European Union and some other countries (for the initiated the Rip or Surchages)

Europe and its officials may visit a sticking, even though it still has a few years too long by the successful lobbying by a number of operators. With the explosion of use of data it has finally resigned to this measure, because it is thought to have found a new margin source.

Paradoxically, they can ever get it right, as the annual more than doubles to bytes by our wish to constantly on our smart phone to movies want to look. This mindless activity now eats away once dates and so we are all on the first row if there something happened in Verwegiestan.

But this voyeurism comes with a price, Each Google session (20 minutes +) consumed as much as a boiler water to cooking and here therefore the shoe pinches. In times where everyone calls in unison that we in contrast to Mr. Trump the climate Paris agreement will achieve some, is it cheap making instant online knowledge in contradiction.

Decisions can be taken with the best of intentions, but can also be the most terrible consequences common. Stimulating consumption is in the core / the blood of our economic model. Wanting more is not stopping, and so is our byte so getting cheaper, but every year we consume more and more.

A long time ago that a number of studies have shown that online watching young children stupid and blunts is no reason, but a focus. Even worse is the fact that one does not seem to understand where energy efficiency to seems to go. It comes to conservation with the resources of the Earth and that of course begins with ourselves. Now I love to with little fingers to point and so we need to continue to think in solutions.

Awareness is one thing and it would adorn the Government if they make it clear how much energy it takes for what, so people at least know what their responsibility is and what they themselves can do to.

Last Thursday I was in Amsterdam on a afternoon organized by Energiea (daily newsletter of the FD) where among other things Mr. Nijpels came with the Netherlands explain where energy policy, especially with the preservation of it, is going. There was also a short speech of a Director of a large energy company that made me somewhat beside the point seemed to talk. For example, instead of concrete proposals on the conclusion of the massive coal plants that emit a lot of greenhouse gases, He talked about the unfair distribution of costs between citizens and companies, especially the industry. A number of promising young companies should explain their service or product in a short presentation, and this was by far the most interesting of the afternoon. The closing presentation of Kelly Daigle put everyone again neatly with the feet on the ground by stating that we are not at all towards Paris to going.

A very correct analysis, but I fear that he is a voice crying in the wilderness and that there is not really nobody listens in the Hague. The latter is also tricky, because there is still no new Government and governs the existing mainly to the issues of the day. The appointment of a Belgian informateur, in the event the formation about the year go, seems like a good idea as we have extensive expertise in Belgium in setting up impossible coalitions with an infinite patience (Belgium is not for nothing world champion forms of Government). If they would choose a minority Cabinet than will, I fear the feasibility of the climate agreement of Paris not directly come closer.

Of course, one can regard the unfair distribution of costs is always a debate about who should pay the Bill for the preservation of our energy management, but in the end we are a unit. The industry is not a separate beast, but is there in order for us to produce, to make a profit and thus create wealth.

Oh well we all know it actually, above all, we must produce and consume much less go, because that's the real way to a sustainable society where fewer air pollutants are emitted. The hot mash is often carefully avoided in debates and one presents especially technical solutions which indeed will greening our energy consumption. However, if we continue to produce products than at the current level is what we do in our industry a measure of nothing.

This is not a discussion that our sector itself or can only perform, Since we just make available the energy that others need. That the discussion already, and socially just increase in interest is 100% sure. Good news is that we are by a real sustainability of the economy, in combination with a restriction of population growth certainly our footprint should be able to get to an acceptable level for the end of this century.

Federal Minister is shooting themselves in the foot

Despite the relative scale of our beautiful country every week something happens in our industry, even if there is no news to report is made is just news. Similarly last week where Minister Swethm a "rumor" the world in Belgium that sent yet but better would talk again with Europe because the objectives of 2030 were too strict.

That we 2030 at least 35% To achieve CO2 reduction is indeed at the current pace and vision is a challenging task. As you long enough you come with no vision roadmap develops without saying to this conclusion. That the timing was unhappy chosen only one week after the Prime Minister of Belgium Mr. Trump had execrated by walking away from the climate agreement of Paris was possibly not as convenient.

Therefore, earlier attacked the press about her and soon she was back whistled by the Prime Minister and was soon a victim sought and found. The spokeswoman had a communication mistake, take to the new because the previous spokeswoman is itself already left because of too much Dovecote on this cabinet. The abandonment of this cabinet has no limits and also points a little on a problem.

It is not the first time that our industry remains on site for a full parliamentary term chomping and in the last fifteen years have only Olivier Deleuze and to some extent Mr. Wathelet really matters in motion and is the palmares to achievements of all others as good as non-existent.

More important, however, is whether the wave of spontaneous anger and disenchantment in Europe about withdrawing America from the climate agreement countries can move to with real concrete far-reaching measures that will give the climate agreement teeth.

Coming back to yet another communication error of the Federal Minister for energy is one ignores the fact that she actually has a point because that Belgium and so also the regions with the current speed in no way the objectives of 2030 go pick up. Not to mention the 2020 objectives. That some regional ministers give the suggestion that if the need is high we are still green can buy abroad than does this prove the admission of weakness.

To me was asked if we still go get the CO2besparing and I could only respond that this involves a lot of figure work, but that at this time no one will develop in Belgium still projects of any scale. The many good consultants that we have working in Flanders or in Netherlands or in other countries in order to build a more stable work environment. All they confirm to me that there is currently no interest in Belgium and the regions is to develop projects seen simply the market not attractive.

What the various governments don't seem to understand is that this is only good for the historical status quo parties and especially the one with nuclear power stations or pull out rights. It is now as good as 100% that we will decide to again within a few years the nuclear power stations to keep open when I look at the the last half year and the total lack of new investments.

At the beginning of december 2016 I took part in a debate in a packed full House and when I shook everyone awake by saying that our nuclear power plants will remain open much longer and laughed a little nervous.

Now six months later in which no progress has been made in the field of vision and, above all, concrete choices with resources can the owners of the nuclear power plants get ready to the request in 2019 After the formation of a new Government. This will be the way to go even further to new investments do calving even though I must also say that it is never too late.

The power of change that came with this Federal Government normally would need to be in place is missing completely when it comes to our file. Messing around is also still the best word, It is no coincidence that a giant as ENI after less than five years threw in the towel (they have in 2012 Distrigas and Nuon bought) and that lampiris also by owner has changed.

And yet there are still possibilities and time to make progress, but the chance is smaller every day that during this Government there are still real choices be made go. Itself we focus almost entirely on Netherlands now that has given clear marching orders to redirect backlog. Of course, we continue to keep a finger on the pulse in case there are market opportunities back in Belgium.

Trump "jumps" into the unknown and drags climate Paris agreement with it.

The news last week was as expected the long-awaited announcement of the U.S. president to withdraw from this agreement. Not so much for reasons of substance, but it was one of his election promises and it was the former president Obama that this agreement had approved.

That America will step down now is paradoxically probably good news because just as with the British in Europe you better lose someone who don't really want to because otherwise you're constantly in the fighting zone. It is of course sad that one of the guide countries (If that would be it anyway) and the second largest polluter of the world is going to isolate itself above all diplomatic.

Besides that of the second largest polluter is completely wrong because America is at the very top in terms of energy consumption per capita and that makes it all the worse.

As said the departure of the current Americans can also cause something right, It can connect the others go and not just on climate right. The current agreement is just not strong enough and it is not far enough. The drive is now big countries like China, India and Europe to really try the agreement further.

The lack of a stick to hit in this agreement and the non-binding nature with which one can leave says everything, It is an option agreement full of good intentions, but much more, it is also not.

More important than the geblat by Mr. Trump are the tendencies in the still young yet sustainable market where progress is being made in technology. Last week I was a day at the trade fair Intersolar in Munich and attacked me anyway a few things on. One of the notable newcomers were the many battery manufacturers that all hope to get to go pick up the possible future market for local small-scale storage in combination with solar panels.

A whole room full of providers of all kinds of batteries seems to me today may still be what much of a good thing considering there is no financial underpinning of such investments and much less custom regulations in order to make this possible. However, it's been a while that clear the path of more sun and wind is impossible without changes to the way we use electricity and mainly use it when we need it.

It is of course beautiful that to 12:00our afternoon panels much muster only isn't there any consumption in the House considering there is no one at home (read much less consumption).

Another evolution in the market is the pursuit of integration solar panels in the roof so that we have been delivered from the many ugly roofs where now be imposed indiscriminately panels. Roof tiles with integrated solar cells were numerous present and are also becoming increasingly competitive and certainly if you're new to replace your roof should lay or. The Government can require over the coming years to work with these integrated solutions so that our landscape and especially the view is protected as much as possible.

What also stood out was the acquisition of this market by the Chinese and only Chinese. Surely there will be other manufacturers are only they went lost in the sea of Chinese names. Also, there were a limited number of Belgian companies, including young companies such as some entrepreneurs from Hasselt that along with Imec a PID box have developed that counteracts relegation for those panels that suffer from PID. That is in short the problem of panels that save electricity during the day and in some mysterious way difficult to discharge whereby the efficiency goes down.

We also had such a large park affected and the problem with this technology is as good as resolved immediately.

Also some funds who are interested to support us in our new initiative in Netherlands to among other things even more focus on the development of Sun (and wind). You see that more and more installers of solar panels also develop as parks to be less dependent on the whims of the market and subject to competition on the price. The same applies in reverse given the margins razor thin to develop parks and Governments very sharp count.

In the meantime we come more and more to the conclusion that there is currently in Belgium to develop little falls and are these activities at a very low ebb. Outdoor get some wind farms waiting everyone on what is to come and it is to be seen if one in the rue de la Loi understands that we as a country are no longer attractive to investments in sustainable energy to develop. Perhaps an exception for wind on sea, but also there the developers wait scared wondering if the Government dares to intervene given the current tendency for wind at sea can be built for free or read without subsidies.

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