Factsheet: Renewable energy production incentive scheme (SDE+)

Renewable energy production incentive scheme (SDE+)

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
SDE+ Renewable Energy Production Incentive Scheme
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Besluit stimulering duurzame energieproductie (SDE+)
The SDE+ scheme grants a premium to the producers of renewable energy to compensate for the difference between the wholesale price of electricity, heat or gas and the corresponding price of electricity, heat or green gas from renewable sources. The sum of the premium, paid on top of the market price, is variable and depends on the annual market price development and is adjusted by a correction value accordingly. The premium is paid for a period of up to 15 years (for biomass projects 12 years, for biomass co-firing 8 years and for other options 15 years). The support is made available in various stages (6 stages in 2013-2014, 9 stages in 2015) and is allocated on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. In general, the SDE+ scheme gives an advantage to those applying for lower tariffs and at an early stage of the allocation process. The SDE+ is not an open ended system, there is a yearly dependent budget ceiling (e.g. 3.5 billion Euro in 2015). When the budget is used, the further stages can't apply anymore. SDE was first opened in 2008. In 2011 it was replaced by the SDE+. Smaller modification to the SDE+ take place every year (see above): other technology categories are introduced; the number of phases changes; the budget changes per year.
stimulate investments in renewable energy

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Responsible Authority: 
Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland


Trade Relevance: 
Since 2015 co-firing is in the SDE+. However, as agreed in the ‘Energie Akkoord’ overall co-firing can never be higher than 25 PJ Gross final consumption.
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