When purchasing solar panels, the old energy meter in the meter cupboard is often replaced by a smart meter. But as long as balancing (deducting your own consumption from generation) can still take place, it makes sense to first check whether the current meter can count back. Then it is better to use the old meter. Because the old meter can deliver back, but nobody can register exactly how much has been returned.
The netting scheme is a scheme that applies up to and including 2023. The scheme means that you can settle your own consumption with generated solar energy. When the sun shines, you return and when it is dark use the same power. That is then crossed out against each other.
The PWC report already indicated that local generation should continue to be stimulated, but that the netting arrangement is not sustainable in the long term. Minister Wiebes announced in June 2018 that he would replace the netting scheme in 2020 with a feed-in subsidy . The level of this is not yet known, but the starting point is a payback period for the 7-year investment. It is also expected that energy storage for the meter will be stimulated by a feed-in subsidy that is lower than the amount of netting including energy tax. It is now known that the netting scheme will gradually be phased out from 2023.
Smart meter becomes mandatory
One of the components of the new scheme would be making a smart meter mandatory. That is now limited to a minimum of one meter with double counting.
Disadvantages of a smart meter include that the network operator can shut off the power remotely. And a network operator can see exactly what and when you use energy and, for example, also see when you are on vacation. The management of the smart meter is software-based. And everything that has to do with software can be hacked. Hackers have already discovered gaps in the rollout of smart meters in the USA.
Of course there are also benefits to the smart meter. The smart meter can also be read by yourself, for example with handy apps. Then you can better understand your consumption and easily take energy-saving measures. You also no longer need to provide meter readings. That is all handy, but it remains to be seen whether it outweighs the disadvantages.
Are you going to purchase solar panels and do you want to know if your meter can turn back? Look at the overview of meters . Our advice: if you have a meter that can roll back, do not replace it with a smart meter. Not even if the energy meters are replaced by smart meters throughout the street; you may refuse the placement of a smart meter. This was recently (May 2018) confirmed by Enexis to one of its customers (name and correspondence known to the editors):
Refusal is still possible until 2020. Moreover, Agency Telecom can disapprove meters administratively , in which case the energy company is obliged to replace an entire group of the same type. It is not yet known whether resistance to this is possible.
Otherwise, invest in green energy
Individuals who want to invest in green energy but cannot use their own roof can also do so through a green fund in safe, local energy projects. For example, geothermal heat is a sustainable source of heat with a stable cost and revenue balance. The yield does not depend on weather conditions or other fast-varying factors. This makes geothermal energy interesting for sustainable investment in regional projects.