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What will Feed-in-Tariff look like

  • 29-01-2020 12:49pm
    Registered Users Posts: 11,213 ✭✭✭✭ KCross

    I spoke to an installer recently who suggested that FiT would be based on net metering rather than a per kWh payment. He seemed pretty sure of himself but he could also be a BS’er.

    i.e. You would get the benefit of full day rate for your excess.

    It seems rather unlikely to me but interested to hear what others have to say, particularly any that work in the industry or have any ears inside govt or EirGrid etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 64 ✭✭ Zardaz

    Personally, I would think a pure 100% net-metering is unlikely. It might be TOO advantageous for the middle-class consumer, who is expected to pay for everything in this country.

    Perhaps they might do a ratio-based net-metering system where for every 2 units you export, you get one back "free", or something like that.

    However, one advantage of net-metering, for the powers-that-be point of view, is that you cant really make a profit on exporting more than you import, which you could with a feed-in-tariff.

    In reality, I would expect a feed-in-tariff at or slightly above the wholesale rate. (although I would be much happier with a net-metering system!)
    Whether this is the instantaneous rate, or peak rate, or average rate, there's a lot of wiggle room there.
    Peak evening wholesale rate is currently about 6c per KWh, during-the-day rate is about 5c per KWh. Overnight, it's actually negative.
    Then there's a "transmition charge" on top of that - who's going to pay that part?

    Probably needs the smart meter roll-out and activation to be complete first though.

    According to the "climate action plan":
    • Changing the electricity market rules in early 2020 in order to enable micro-generated electricity to be sold to the grid. This should include provision for a feed-in tariff for micro-generation to be set at least at the wholesale price point
    • Design market mechanisms, network tariffs, competitive auctions for renewables and a public service obligation in a way that distributes costs fairly and competitively

    See this article, published middle 2019: (microgeneration section):

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel

    Hi is a complete BSer, but I still hope he's right though :p

    In that case I will do my best to produce more electricity (with zero emissions PV) than I consume.

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022