The Dutch regulation on energy associations and cooperatives specifies that cooperatives and associations can only operate on the electricity sector and must be renewable energy based.
Article 7 (a) of the Electricity Act 1998 offers additional possibilities for community energy projects. It opens up the possibility for developments in transport, production, grid ownership through derogation as well as decentralized generated sustainable electricity.
Energy cooperatives and associations of owners generating electricity from solar energy, wind energy or hydropower can benefit from a premium tariff.
In the case when renewable electricity is consumed and generated by the same consumer a tax exemption is available. Apart from that, a net-metering scheme is applicable for prosumers
Summary of regulations
- Tax mechanism – tax exemption for the customer if the electricity consumed is from renewable energy sources and generation of this electricity is carried out by the consumer themselves
- Cooperative Energy Generation Subsidy Scheme – Premium tariff for Energy cooperatives and associations of owners generating electricity from solar energy, wind energy or hydropower
- Net-metring – a net-metering scheme for prosumers generating and consuming electricity from renewable energy sources.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate