The Senate meeting will begin tomorrow, during which key decisions may be taken that affect the further fate of the amendment to the act on renewable energy sources, which is to introduce a new prosumer billing system, which was previously adopted by the Sejm. Meanwhile, a new draft amendment to the RES Act has been submitted to the Senate, the authors of which propose alternative solutions when it comes to future prosumers’ settlements.. They are based on the new concept of the electroprosumer.
On November 24-25, a Senate meeting will be held, at which senators may take decisions on the amendment to the act on renewable energy sources already passed by the Sejm, which provides for the introduction of new rules for prosumer billing on April 1, 2022.
Pursuant to these regulations, the current discount system will be applied only to prosumers who submit an application for connection of micro-installations by March 31. Applications submitted later are to result in including new prosumers in the net billing system assuming the sale of unused surplus energy at the average price of energy from the wholesale market.
However, there is still a possibility that these regulations will be blocked if the majority of senators oppose them, and later, during the vote of the Senate’s resolution in the Sejm, the deputies supporting the maintenance of the regulations forced by the government will not have an absolute majority.
For the time being, the changes for prosumers included in the amendment to the RES Act passed by the Sejm were supported by two Senate committees, but they were opposed by a third committee – the extraordinary climate committee led by Senator Stanisław Gawłowski.
The same committee also submitted an alternative draft amendment to the RES Act, which envisages the introduction of different settlement rules than those adopted in the amendment proposed by a group of PiS MPs and supported by the government.
What does the new project assume? A new concept of the electro-consumerist (individual, collective and virtual) is proposed. The electroprosumer is supposed to differ from the traditional prosumer by having an energy storage.
In terms of the new definitions, it is also proposed to introduce the concept of prosumers’ representative understood as “A natural person, a legal person or an organizational unit that is not a legal person, to which the law grants legal capacity, entitled, under a legal relationship, to act on behalf of and for the benefit of collective electro-consumerists or virtual electro-consumerists”, as well as a sales aggregator, that is “a legal person or an organizational unit that is not a legal person, to which the law grants legal capacity, with legal capacity, authorized under an agreement concluded with collective electroprosperms or virtual electroprospumers to represent them, in particular in relations with the seller (…) and the electricity distribution system operator, and also to perform activities related to collective or virtual electroprosumer, including in the field of internal settlements and electricity balancing “.
Electroprocumbers are to be able to agree with the energy supplier any settlement rules in the quantity or value ratio, and if such settlement is not agreed, then the 1: 1 quantity settlement for energy fed into the grid is to be used.
Settlements of electro-consumers with sellers are to be established in the form of a sales contract or a comprehensive contract (the current prosumer may use the principles set out in the RES Act only if he has a comprehensive contract).
If a sales contract is selected, distribution network operators are to conclude an agreement for the provision of distribution services with the seller – and the electroprocessor himself – selected by the electro-consumer within 21 days from the date of submitting the application for the conclusion of such a contract.
The rates of distribution services for electro-consumers and collective electro-consumers, whose generating installation is equipped with an energy storage and using electricity for their own needs, would be 30% lower. in relation to the rates of charges resulting from the tariff of the electricity distribution system operator approved by the President of the Energy Regulatory Office.
– The relief on distribution fees for installations with energy storage is intended to create an additional incentive to install such storage facilities, which is in the interest of distribution companies to which prosumers are connected, because it maximizes their own consumption and limits energy exchange through the distribution network – justify the authors of the Senate project.
An electro-consumer or collective consumer who introduced electricity to the power system from his installation by mid-2022 could use the current settlement system for a period of 15 years from the date of the first introduction of electricity to the power system. At the same time, the electroprosumer or collective electroprosumer could, no later than 21 days before the beginning of the next quarter, submit a written declaration to the seller about the transition to the new settlement rules.
In addition, an electro-consumer or collective electro-consumer who uses the current billing rules, who introduced electricity to the power system from his installation by 31 December 2023, could use the billing system applicable until that date for a period of 15 years from the date of the first introduction of electricity. to the power system.
The draft regulations addressed to the Senate also provide for the possibility for electroprucers to assign a connection power of up to 100 kW to one reception point.
The authors of the new project also took into account the issue of interfacial balancing to make it possible to implement it based on the vector method.
The new regulations would enter into force in the second half of 2022.
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