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Greenhouse horticulture can not (yet) do without co-generation

The general tendency is that everyone must abandon gas, also the horticulture sector. More sustainable, and preferably without the production of CO2 and nitrogen-oxides. Unfortunately, the solutions are not yet advanced enough, and the government makes it even more difficult with the ODE-increase, also see AAB. A calculation tool has been developed to pass on the ODE-effects.

Not enough sustainable energy
If the horticulture sector uses electricity or heating, there must be sufficient electricity available, according to AAB. Wind mills and solar energy are sustainable forms of energy production. They have a disadvantage however, because they only supply electricity if the wind is blowing or if the sun is shining.

In the future, this may be solved by storing electricity, but at the moment there is a need for flexible capacity. Co-generation is the perfect solution for this.

Tariffs increase tax on boiler gas and ODE
The tax on gas and the storage of sustainable energy is expected to increase in the coming years. Recently, the Eerste and Tweede Kamer have approved the significant increase of the ODE for 2020. This will result in a significant cost increase for buyers of boiler gas and electricity.

An example
A company uses 1,500,000 m3 and 3,000,000 kWh for lighting. In 2020, the tariffs are increasing and the company will pay 22% and 57% more for gas and electricity respectively. The difference is €50,198 (+43%):

Co-generation: flexible, reliable, and cost saving
To deal with the above problems, co-generation can be the solution. Extra electricity can be generated in a flexible and reliable way on moments when no sustainable energy is available.

The company from the example above could save on energy costs if they would generate their own energy with co-generation. The savings of course depend on the specific company situation.

Calculation tool
To see the consequences of the ODE tariffs increase for their company, entrepreneurs can directly use the tool on the AAB-website.

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