Walloon green certificates levy – Partial exemptions

In accordance with Article 42 bis, §5 of the Decree, a partial exemption from the first component of the Walloon green certificates levy is granted to the following final customers:

  • Exemption of 85% for final customers with a sector agreement, regardless of the level of consumption;   
  • Exemption of 50% for final customers connected to a voltage level higher than low voltage without a sector agreement and with an activity that falls under the NACE code ‘culture and animal production’ (01 - without distinction between principal and complementary activities);   
  • Exemption of 50% for final customers connected to a voltage level higher than low voltage without a sector agreement and with an annual consumption higher than 1 GWh, in so far as they fall under the following primary NACE codes:    
    • 1° industrial enterprises (10 to 33);                
    • 2° education (85);       
    • 3° hospitals (86);                
    • 4° medico-social (87-88).                    

Partial exemptions, after deduction of the second component of the levy, are refunded to the relevant beneficiaries by their supplier or access holder, after they have themselves been refunded by the local transmission system operator.      

General practical procedure for refunding partial exemptions

In accordance with Article 42 bis, §8, para. 3 of the Decree, Elia refunds the partial exemption amounts within a month after receiving the information provided by CWaPE in so far as these amounts are covered either by the surpluses of the levy resulting from, in particular, application of the placing-in-reserve mechanism referred to in Article 42, or by an increase in the levy earmarked for the exemption and authorised by CREG

After consulting stakeholders, CWaPE drew up guidelines setting out its chosen general methodology for applying and monitoring implementation of the partial exemption from the first component of the Walloon green certificates levy. These guidelines also include a description of the normal process for refunding partial exemptions.

The guidelines for various years are available (in French) at the following link:  http://www.cwape.be/?dir=4.10.3

Specific practical procedure if refunding of partial exemptions is deferred

If the surpluses from the levy referred to in Article 42 bis, §1 of the Decree do not cover all or some of the amounts to be refunded by the local transmission system operator, Elia has to defer payment of the refunds in question, in accordance with Article 42 bis, §8, para. 3 of the Decree. Accordingly, the payment due date depends on the subsequent observation that the levy has returned to a surplus position.

As soon as surpluses are available again, Elia pays the outstanding amounts. If the outstanding amounts are not fully covered, the payments are prioritised according to chronological order of consumption, month by month.

In practice, this means in particular that:

  • refunds are made for all relevant access holders and suppliers in a given consumption month;   
  • the refunds made relate to the whole of a given month (no partial refund of a monthly amount communicated by CWaPE);   
  • refunding of exemptions is prioritised chronologically based on the consumption month (regardless of the time of communication by CWaPE);  
  • refunds are made based on the cumulative amount resulting from all the information relating to the same supplier or access holder and to the same consumption month (multiple communications with corrections).

The status of refund payments for partial exemptions can be found on the Elia website at the following link : http://www.elia.be/en/products-and-services/green-certificates

It should also be noted that the deferral of a payment relates to the balance between the refund of exemptions and the application of the second component of the levy. Deferral of a refund therefore entails the simultaneous deferral of the collection of the second component of the levy for the supplier or access holder for the month in question.

Important reminder:

As stated in section 5.1 of the CWaPE Guidelines, information is communicated to CWaPE quarterly, specifying the volumes for each month. This process is not affected by any deferral of exemption refunds.