Since the beginning of 2016, there has been as a general rule no funding available for CHP electricity that is self-consumed. The aim here is to limit costs and to focus funding on areas that need support. Funding support is now only available for self-supply where a need for funding can be proven (particularly for smaller installations with a capacity of less than 100 kW, where the cost of investment is proportionally high).

Installations producing electricity that is primarily self-consumed have a different business model than CHP installations producing electricity for public consumption (which are dependent upon prices on the electricity market and are therefore particularly affected by low wholesale prices).

Owners of ‘traditional’ self-consumption installations are already able to save on their renewable energy surcharge and on grid charges, which means their installations are already economically viable without receiving funding. In addition, energy-service providers (contractors) that supply electricity and heat to, for example, housing initiatives (neighbourhood systems) or retail parks will continue to receive support.

This will raise the efficiency potential in these set-ups. The energy-service providers (contractors) are not self-consumers and will therefore receive funding.