The costs are connected to "public services", including street lights, budget meters, charging poles for electric vehicles, social energy schemes for the poor but most of all green energy costs. Supporting green energy policies accounts for the lion's share of the extra cost, about 1.3 billion each year.
The VREG says that most people don't even know about these hidden costs, as they are not clearly indicated. The VREG also claims that the present system is not really balanced: an overwhelming majority of the extra money is being collected through the electricity bill and not the gas bill, to mention just one, while natural gas is posing a much heavier burden on the environment. Electricity is the energy of the future, they say, adding that the present system is giving the wrong signal.
It's up to the Flemish and federal politicians to change this, and to stage a tax shift, the VREG suggests. However, if they want to abolish the costs for Flemish consumers, Flemish politicians will have to find an extra 1.4 billion.