Friday 13 December 2019

‘Marijuana growers are stealing one billion kilowatts of electricity a year’

Police dismantling a marijuana plantation in Amsterdam. Photo:

Marijuana growers are stealing almost €200m worth of electricity a year, national grid group Netbeheer Nederland said on Thursday.

They estimate that some 30,000 plantations are currently using stolen electricity, accounting for almost one billion kilowatts a year. That is more than the total domestic usage in Rotterdam, the organisation said.

The €200m is made up of €60m in electricity charges and €135m in lost tax income.

Last year, officials cut the power supply to almost 2,600 plantations. The illegal networks, they say, pose a serious fire risk. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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