Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies, Information and Education>Information provision, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources>Power, Multiple RE Sources>Heating
Policy Sector:Multi-sectoral Policy

Energy Premium (EPR) is a subsidy scheme for households and social housing corporations investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The subsidy averages between 25% (energy efficiency) and 50% (renewable energy). Energy Performance Advice (EPA) is a consultation that can be requested by an association of owners, landlords and tenants, to improve the energy performance of their dwellings or offices. The consultation is performed by a certified company, and lists the possible measures to be taken. If the advice is neglected, a bill is presented. Should one or more of the measures be carried out, EPA pays the bill, and EPR will subsidise part of the cost. In addition, EPA adds a bonus of 10% (for individuals) to 25% (for housing co-operatives and landlords) to the EPR premium. Both measures are financed by means related to the energy tax (REB). The mechanism thus encourages energy efficiency. One of the requirements for using EPA and EPR is that the consumer pays REB. Due to general government budget cut backs, energy efficient equipment will no longer be subsidised by the EPR from 2004. Renewable energy equipment (heat pumps, solar boilers and PV) and EPA energy consultations remain in the EPR scheme but with a lower budget (approximately ? 20 million).

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