Electricity and heat; production and input by energy commodity

Electricity and heat; production and input by energy commodity

Central/decentral production Energy commodities Periods Gross production electricity and heat Total electricity and heat (TJ) (TJ) Gross production electricity and heat Electricity Electricity (MWh) (MWh) Gross production electricity and heat Electricity Electricity (TJ) (TJ) Gross production electricity and heat Electricity Electricity (%) (%) Gross production electricity and heat Heat (TJ) (TJ) Input (TJ) (TJ)
Total central/decentral production Total energy commodities 2021** 613,710 122,131,906 439,675 100.0 174,035 836,150
Total central/decentral production Total fossil fuels 2021** 411,209 75,321,270 271,157 61.7 140,053 624,354
Total central/decentral production Natural gas 2021** 334,323 56,660,449 203,978 46.4 130,346 463,370
Total central/decentral production Hard coal 2021** 54,141 14,563,863 52,430 11.9 1,711 118,031
Total central/decentral production Fuel oil 2021** 232 42,464 153 0.0 79 512
Total central/decentral production Other fossil fuels 2021** 22,513 4,054,494 14,596 3.3 7,917 42,441
Total central/decentral production Total renewable energy 2021** 171,430 40,471,497 145,697 33.1 25,733 132,562
Total central/decentral production Solar photovoltaic 2021** 41,384 11,495,464 41,384 9.4
Total central/decentral production Wind energy 2021** 64,817 18,004,853 64,817 14.7
Total central/decentral production Hydro power 2021** 317 88,143 317 0.1
Total central/decentral production Biomass 2021** 64,912 10,883,038 39,179 8.9 25,733 132,562
Total central/decentral production Nuclear energy 2021** 13,781 3,827,956 13,781 3.1 37,281
Total central/decentral production Other energy commodities 2021** 17,290 2,511,183 9,040 2.1 8,250 41,953
Central electricity production Total energy commodities 2021** 244,719 62,447,683 224,812 51.1 19,907 467,482
Central electricity production Total fossil fuels 2021** 202,756 51,726,552 186,216 42.4 16,540 372,993
Central electricity production Natural gas 2021** 138,567 34,426,536 123,936 28.2 14,632 230,896
Central electricity production Hard coal 2021** 54,141 14,563,863 52,430 11.9 1,711 118,031
Central electricity production Fuel oil 2021** 114 30,954 111 0.0 2 268
Central electricity production Other fossil fuels 2021** 9,934 2,705,200 9,739 2.2 195 23,799
Central electricity production Total renewable energy 2021** 27,847 6,806,584 24,504 5.6 3,344 56,488
Central electricity production Solar photovoltaic 2021**
Central electricity production Wind energy 2021**
Central electricity production Hydro power 2021**
Central electricity production Biomass 2021** 27,847 6,806,584 24,504 5.6 3,344 56,488
Central electricity production Nuclear energy 2021** 13,781 3,827,956 13,781 3.1 37,281
Central electricity production Other energy commodities 2021** 335 86,591 312 0.1 24 721
Decentral electricity production Total energy commodities 2021** 368,991 59,684,223 214,863 48.9 154,127 368,668
Decentral electricity production Total fossil fuels 2021** 208,454 23,594,717 84,941 19.3 123,513 251,361
Decentral electricity production Natural gas 2021** 195,756 22,233,913 80,042 18.2 115,714 232,475
Decentral electricity production Hard coal 2021**
Decentral electricity production Fuel oil 2021** 118 11,511 41 0.0 77 244
Decentral electricity production Other fossil fuels 2021** 12,579 1,349,294 4,857 1.1 7,722 18,642
Decentral electricity production Total renewable energy 2021** 143,583 33,664,913 121,194 27.6 22,389 76,074
Decentral electricity production Solar photovoltaic 2021** 41,384 11,495,464 41,384 9.4
Decentral electricity production Wind energy 2021** 64,817 18,004,853 64,817 14.7
Decentral electricity production Hydro power 2021** 317 88,143 317 0.1
Decentral electricity production Biomass 2021** 37,064 4,076,454 14,675 3.3 22,389 76,074
Decentral electricity production Nuclear energy 2021**
Decentral electricity production Other energy commodities 2021** 16,954 2,424,592 8,729 2.0 8,226 41,232
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table shows the production of electricity in the Netherlands from the various possible energy commodities. Electricity is mainly produced from the transformation of fossil fuels, biomass, nuclear energy and renewable energy. Figures broken down by energy commodity are given on the production of electricity and the released useful used heat, such as used for heating of buildings or greenhouses. Central and decentral production of electricity and heat is distinguished. The centrally coordinated production of electricity and heat is generated by plants that deliver to the national high voltage grid of electricity transmission operator TenneT. Decentrally produced electricity and heat is not produced centrally, such as by installations located in companies for which the production of electricity and heat is not the primary purpose. It also includes wind energy, solar energy and hydro power.

Data available:
From 1998 onwards

Status of the figures:
Figures up to 2020 are definite figures and figures for 2021 are revised provisional.

Changes as of December 15th 2022:
Figures of 2015 up to 2019 are revised. The changes are relatively small, the figures of this sheet are now consistent with the Energy balance sheet.
Also the figures of 2020 are definite and revised figures of 2021 have been updated.

When will new figures be published?
Provisional figures : April next year
Revised provisional figures: Juni/July next year
Definite figures: December second next year

Description topics

Gross production electricity and heat
The production of electricity and/or heat from the input of fossil fuels, renewable energy commodities, nuclear energy and other energy commodities, included the electricity consumption of the power plants.
Total electricity and heat (TJ)
Total production of electricity and heat reported in TJ (terajoule = 1,000 billion Joules).
Electricity
Flow of electrons used to light lamps or to operate washing machines. Electrons are elementary particles in an atom with a negative charge that flow by a potential difference. In practice the potential difference is generated by for example electricity power plants, wind turbines or batteries.
Electricity (MWh)
The production of electricity reported in MWh (megawatt-hours). MWh is the physical unit of electricity. The Dutch household consumption of electricity in 2010 was on average 3.3 MWh.
Electricity (TJ)
The production of electricity reported in TJ (terajoule). By expressing electricity in TJ (terajoule = 1,000 billion Joules) this can be compared energetically with other energy commodities. 1 MWh equals 0.0036 TJ.
Electricity (%)
Percentage of electricity production relative to the total electricity produced in that year.
Heat (TJ)
Production of steam and heat reported in TJ (terajoule = 1,000 billion Joules).
Input (TJ)
Amount of fossil fuels, biomass, nuclear energy and other energy commodities consumed for the production of electricity and/or heat reported in TJ (terajoule = 1,000 billion Joules).