December 1999 / January 2000

Netherlands: Controller of cross-border electricity network abused dominant position

01 December 2000

SEP has been in long-term control of the only Dutch electricity network with cross-border connections, thus controlling the transmission of electricity from abroad. When SEP made its offer to Hydro of transmission services conditional, the Norwegian company filed a complaint with the Competition Authority. In its analysis, the Competition Authority scrutinised the relationship between the competition rules and the Electricity Act. It found that SEP had commited a serious abuse and subsequently imposed a fine.