Premium for those who paid network costs several times when switching to a digital meter

A number of consumers (such as owners of solar panels or of a small wind turbine, for example) have paid distribution network costs several times when switching from an analogue to a digital meter. This is one of the consequences of the judgment of the Constitutional Court of January 14, 2021, which annulled the regulation of the virtual reversing meter.
By Thomas Voets - Jun 19, 2022
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A number of consumers (such as owners of solar panels or of a small wind turbine, for example) have paid distribution network costs several times when switching from an analogue to a digital meter. This is one of the consequences of the judgment of the Constitutional Court of January 14, 2021, which annulled the regulation of the virtual reversing meter.

In order to compensate the prosumers who suffered a financial disadvantage, the Flemish Government definitively approved a concession on April 29, 2022. This applies to the prosumers who received a digital meter until 30 June 2022. This concession is not granted automatically, but you can apply for it as a premium.

The amount of the premium depends on the inverter capacity of your solar panel system, the date on which the digital meter was installed and the month of your last annual statement, and varies from a few euros to a maximum of 170 euros. You can calculate the amount you can expect to receive with the calculator.

As of July 1st, 2022 and no later than December 31, 2022, you can apply for this premium through the premium counter of Fluvius. Fluvius is also responsible for the payment of the premium.

Why were grid costs charged several times?

Since 2015, prosumers (such as owners of solar panels) have been paying a prosumer tariff for the purchase of electricity from the distribution grid when they are not producing their own electricity. The prosumer tariff is a flat rate, based on the capacity of the installation.

When switching from an analogue to a digital meter, the energy supplier draws up an interim statement, based on the meter reading on the date when the digital meter was installed.

Grid users who have a digital meter and solar panels (or another decentralised production installation such as a micro-CHP or small wind turbine) with a maximum capacity of 10 kVA that came into service between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2020 were given an interim statement after their switch, whereby:

  • before the installation of the digital meter, a flat-rate prosumer tariff is charged for electricity purchase and injection;
  • as soon as the digital meter is installed, the actual electricity consumption is charged (for both grid costs and the energy component), the prosumer tariff no longer applies and the injection can be sold to a supplier.

Due to the abrupt transition from one charging system to another, a number of consumers were charged the distribution network rate several times over for a certain period (both via the prosumer rate and via the actual offtake).

Source: VREG Nieuwsbrief, 2 mei 2022

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Premium for those who paid network costs several times when switching to a digital meter