Country:Austria
Year:2000
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2000
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Obligation schemes , Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable
URL:http://www.e-control.at
Description:

One of the measures introduced by the Energy Liberalisation/Electricity Act in July 2000 is the obligation to purchase eco-power and to reach minimum "eco-targets". The act entered into force in December 2000. Distribution system operators are required to purchase electricity from recognised eco-plants up to a certain share of their electricity sales to final consumers (2001: at least 1%, 2003: at least 2%, 2005: at least 3%, 2007: at least 4%). Purchase prices are regulated. The grid operators can resell these amounts of electricity to final consumers or to electricity traders. If the minimum percentage amount is exceeded, the grid operator can sell the excess amount to other operators of distribution grids. However, all green electricity bought must come from the same lander. Qualifying eco-plants include wind, PV or geothermal energy, biomass, biogas, digester and sewage gas, as well as co-firing and multi-fuelled plants using high proportion of biogenous fuels, and combustion of wastes containing a high percentage of biogenous materials. The final decision is made by the Provincial Government. The eco-electricity market is monitored by Elektrizitats-Control GmbH. An equalisation levy is imposed on the grid operators unable to prove the required share of eco-electricity.

This record is superseded by:Green Electricity Act

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