Reader ‘s opinion Energy and transmission companies are actively promoting the spread of emission-free small-scale electricity

At the turn of the year, a change in the law is coming to the law, which will enable hourly fulfillment.

Tatu Leskinen brought up (HS Opinion 18.11.) the view that energy companies are holding back the proliferation of emission-free small-scale electricity.

At the turn of the year, a change in the law is coming to the law, which will enable hourly fulfillment. In this case, the small producer is only the buyer or seller of electricity in one hour. This reduces the amount of overproduction and improves the profitability of the small producer. The change in the law has been brought about by the Finsolar project together with Helen Sähköverkko oy and Oulun energia transmission and distribution oy, which implemented the pilot. So instead of slowing down the situation, energy companies have been involved in bringing about significant change.

The argument about the path price of electricity taken from the small producer to the grid also needs to be clarified. The Nordic power exchange operates in such a way that, regardless of the origin of the electricity, all electricity produced is sold and bought on the exchange at the same price. The energy company does not set a “trail price” for small-scale production, but the price of electricity is determined by the Nordic power exchange.

Certification of small-scale production as renewable electricity requires the production of at least one megawatt hour according to the Act on Certification and Notification of the Origin of Electricity, and the certificate is issued monthly only when the limit is exceeded. Energy companies do not certify small-scale production and do not calculate the electricity they buy from small-scale producers as their own carbon-neutral electricity.

With a few exceptions, about 80 transmission network companies in Finland support the spread of small-scale production by not charging the small producer a transmission fee for electricity transmitted to the grid. Also, some energy companies, ie buyers of overproduction from a small producer, do not charge brokerage commissions for the overproduction they buy, but the small producer receives exactly the same price for the electricity he sells as the Nordic Power Exchange pays for small production.

Much remains to be done to promote the growth of small-scale production – including by non-energy and transmission companies. It would be hoped that the Finnish government would also set state-level targets for increasing the number of solar electricity and small producers.

Krista Jaatinen

M.Sc. (Eng.), Product Group Manager, Helen oy

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