Factsheet: Combined Heat and Power certificates

Combined Heat and Power certificates

Key Information
Description: 
The Energy Decree bundles all prior energy related decrees, e.g. electricity and gas decree, and stipulates general conditions for energy policy in Flanders. In Flanders each electricity supplier has been obliged since 2005 to contribute to the saving of a specific quantity of primary energy by means of qualitative cogeneration. CHP producers are eligible for CHP certificates and they can sell these certificates to electricity producers that need to fulfil their certificate obligations. The amount of CHP certificates granted for 1000 kWh of primary energy saved in a qualitative CHP-facility compared to a situation in which the same quantity of electricity or heat were produced separately is multiplied with the respective banding factor. If an electricity supplier submits too few certificates, they have to pay an administrative fine of 45 euros per missing CHP-certificate. CHPs on biomass are also entitled to receive CHP certificates (next to green power certificates). Depending on the type of biomass, different reference efficiencies are used to calculate if it is a qualitative CHP.
Goal/Aim: 
Increase the share of CHP in electricity production by means of financial support through a certificate and quota system

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