|Date Effective||October 2001|
|Policy Superseded by||Green Electricity Act|
•Biomass for Power
|Description||According to the Electricity Act 2000, the provincial governments set minimum prices (feed-in tariffs) for energy purchased by grid operators from plants recognised as eco-plants. These prices are based on the average cost ofgenerating electricity from these plants, including the value of electricity used, as well as past or on-going subsidies.
If the expenses from purchasing the electricity at fixed tariffs exceed the revenue from sales, the grid operator will be reimbursed for the balance between the minimum of purchase price and the proceeds achieved. The required sums are raised by a surcharge on the network tariff (paid by the consumer) which is set by the provincial government. This surcharge is set annually on the basis of the additional expenses incurred in the previous year.
Only the Province of Vorarlberg introduced new feed-in tariffs. Valid from 1 October 2001 the tariffs in ATS per kWh were:
Solid biomass: from 1.3 to 1.8 for existing plants; 1.3 - 2.2 for new plants.
Liquid biomass: 1.7 for existing plants, 2 for new plants.
Biogas: 1.2 -1.55 for existing plants, 1.71 -2.2 for new plants.
Wind: 1.5 for new plants.
PV: 7 for existing plants, 5 -10 for new plants, depending on capacity.
The equalisation levy for eco-electricity is ATS 1.59/kWh. The surcharge on the network tariff is Gr 1.11/kWh (ATS 0.008/kWh)