Supply of energy is an essential necessity for small consumers (see also our previous blog) about the changing rules at closure of the vulnerable part of this group). At the same time, energy supply is a free market where it is possible that suppliers, just like in any free market, are faced with financial shortages. In order to limit these problems and, above all, the possible consequences, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) intends to amend four decisions, which influence the security of supply of electricity and gas to small consumers, namely 1) Decree on the security of supply of the Electricity Act 1998, 2) the Decree on the security of supply of the Gas Act, 3) the Decree on the supply of electricity to small consumers and 4) the Decree on the supply of gas to small consumers. To this end, she has a consultation until December 25, 2017opened up. In particular, companies that supply electricity and gas, as well as the national grid operators of electricity and gas, are affected by the proposed changes and the appropriate target group is to formulate a view on this. The changes will be implemented by 1 October 2018, although efforts will be made on 1 July 2018. We provide you with insight into the main lines of these intended line adjustments.

Reason for the plans

In a situation where energy suppliers can not meet their delivery obligations towards the small consumer for various reasons, such as bankruptcy, suspension of payments or even internet crime as a result of which administrative problems occur, there is the instrument of the rest allocation. Residual distribution means that the customer base of the distressed supplier is divided among the other energy suppliers, thereby gaining a group of extra customers. In practice, the current procedures generally provide adequate protection for the small-scale consumer: the supply of his energy (electricity or gas) is guaranteed and he often notices much of the transition to a new supplier. However, for the receiving supplier, problems still arise within the current rules. They do not always receive the correct data from the original supplier on time with the assigned new customers. As a result, they can only invoice the supplied energy to these customers later. This while they themselves make costs from the first day to buy energy for their new customers. The residual distribution as it exists in the current form can therefore have the consequence that with the financial problems of one supplier, other suppliers also come into liquidity problems. As a result, they can only invoice the supplied energy to these customers later. This while they themselves make costs from the first day to buy energy for their new customers. The residual distribution as it exists in the current form can therefore have the consequence that with the financial problems of one supplier, other suppliers also come into liquidity problems. As a result, they can only invoice the supplied energy to these customers later. This while they themselves make costs from the first day to buy energy for their new customers. The residual distribution as it exists in the current form can therefore have the consequence that with the financial problems of one supplier, other suppliers also come into liquidity problems.

Changes: smooth data transfer plus guarantee

In order to be able to address this issue more adequately in the future, the Decree on the Security of Supply of the Electricity Act 1998, the Decree on the Security of Supply of Gas Act, the Decree on the supply of electricity to small consumers and the Decree on the supply of gas to small consumers will be amended. The intended changes are broadly twofold.

Ten eerste wordt gespecificeerd welke klantgegevens essentieel zijn om een rekening te kunnen versturen en leveranciers dan ook verplicht op een geordende en uniforme manier in hun administratie beschikbaar dienen te hebben. Dit zodat deze gegevens gemakkelijk (digitaal) overdraagbaar zijn. Het gaat hier om ordening van 7 gegevensvelden: het telefoonnummer, het bankrekeningnummer, de hoogte en betalingsfrequentie van het voorschotbedrag, het gegeven of wel of geen elektriciteit wordt teruggeleverd, de EAN-code van de aansluiting en de naam van de betreffende netbeheerder. Bovendien wordt de termijn waarin gegevens (veelal door bewindvoerder of curator) kunnen worden overgedragen, verruimd van één dag naar 10 werkdagen.

Ten tweede maken de nieuwe regels mogelijk dat, wanneer een leverancier aantoonbaar onvoldoende kredietruimte bij de bank heeft om de aankoop van de extra energie te kunnen financieren, door de landelijke netbeheerders een garantstelling voor de inkoop van elektriciteit of gas wordt verstrekt. Dit gedurende de eerste weken waarin de facturering van de nieuwe klanten nog niet is gerealiseerd, met een maximumperiode van 2 maanden.

Nalevingsinspanningen voor energieleveranciers

We deliberately opted for making it mandatory to keep track of those data, which are strictly necessary to be able to invoice customers. Energy suppliers will have to make a limited adjustment to this in their administrative systems, so that the described customer data are actually available for exchange. The efforts for the companies involved are therefore estimated to be very limited. In addition, some suppliers already keep track of the relevant data and have them available in their administration in an orderly manner.