After long negotiations, the Walloon government adopted, on July 9, a series of support measures for owners of small-scale photovoltaic installations but also for all consumers, as part of the entry into force of this prosumer rate, initially planned for last January and then finally frozen until October 1. Budget for the operation: 242 million euros.
This agreement was to put an end to the tense discussions between partners of the majority, the MR being firmly opposed to this tariff imposed on the holders of photovoltaic panels to cover their use of the energy network.
According to the plans of the regional executive, holders of photovoltaic panels were to receive support for non-self-consumed electricity which was to cover 100% of the prosumer fee for 2020 and 2021. For the years 2022 and 2023, this support was to be reduced at 50% and constitute an incentive to increase the rate of self-consumption. Beyond 2023, a new tariff period was to begin, without any further support.
At the beginning of September, the Council of State had however crushed this agreement, considering it even “inadmissible in law”. Following this opinion, the draft decree relating to the planned compensation was finally sent back to the regional parliament where a proposed decree will be examined tomorrow / Monday in the Energy Committee before being submitted to the plenary vote on Wednesday. .
Supported by the majority, this text provides for the establishment of different types of bonuses, in part compensating for the shortfall of prosumers.
In practice, a first amount of maximum 400 euros is provided for a metering and control installation – a tool that allows consumption when electricity is cheaper -, accessible to 27,650 prosumers and 50,000 non-prosumers, if demand is introduced before December 31, 2020.
An amount of 150 euros is also granted to install a dual-flow or communicating meter at 37,500 prosumer customers and 75,000 non-prosumers.
The prosumer tariff will thus be compensated at 100% for 2020 and 2021 then at 54% for 2022 and 2023. In 2024, compensation will be terminated.
Finally, the proposed decree provides that households that equip themselves with photovoltaics before December 31, 2023, will still be able to benefit from a meter that turns upside down until 2030.
Unsurprisingly, this text should be voted on by the Walloon parliament, meeting in plenary session, this Wednesday.