According to a new French law passed in mid-February, small plants self-producing and self-consuming renewable energies are now exempt from paying levies and local electricity taxes. Up to 40 percent of the network connection costs can be covered by distribution network operators.
France is now supporting renewable energies even further. In mid-February, a new law was passed that excludes small plants from paying levies and local electricity taxes.
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In order to qualify as one of them, the plant’s maximum capacity should be 1,000 KW. Owners must generate and consume their energy themselves. On top of of the tax and levy exemptions, they will also benefit from special grid charges soon to be introduced by the French Energy Regulatory Authority. This way, they are meant to be re-paid for the cost reductions of grid usage caused by their self-consumption.
Furthermore, from now on network charges are supposed to finance grid connection costs for plants, thus enabling distribution system operators to take over 40 percent of these costs.
Goal is to promote renewables in France
The new law is meant to encourage the development of new self-consumption strategies and to enable further collective self-consumption solutions. With it, France is taking a big step towards a greener future.