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If you don't answer, the employee knocks on the door

If you don’t answer, the employee knocks on the door

By the end of 2024, 80 percent of users should have a digital meter at home. You’ll also know that the Flemish government is serious. Anyone who does not respond to letters or phone calls has recently had an employee at the door. But can you just send her for a walk?

Cedric Matisse

In 2019, another 15 years are planned for the launch of the digital counter, but Flemish Minister Saturn Demir (N-VA) has reduced that period to 10 years. An acceleration that can now also be felt in the field. If you’ve ignored letters, emails, and phones, you recently had an employee at the door.

Network operator Fluvius hired three subcontractors – Unit-T, TEAPlus and 3DM- last year. Businesses have to get digital meters into homes, but they largely choose how they operate. “It’s true that they sometimes ring customers’ doorbells,” says Bjorn Verdud, a spokesperson for Fluvius.

Verdoodt denies that subcontractors feel the smell of the network operator. “Only 1 percent of all users actively refuse to install.” However, a fifth of the Flemish people “suddenly” do not return home at the time of appointment. But this should not be seen as an actual rejection. We also see these numbers, for example, when adapting to the gas network. It is a general fact.”

capacity rate

In all, 6.1 million analog meters will have to be replaced in Flanders, 80% of which will be by the end of 2024. “We are now close to completing 1.7 million digital meters,” says Fluvius. This equals less than 30 percent. In short, there is still a long way to go.

And not all Fleming are equally enthusiastic. For example, there are users who are afraid of capacity tariffs. Today we use a lot of electricity at the same time, which is harmful to the network. Therefore, you should pay more at peak times in the future.

A digital scale can accurately calculate these peaks, but with an analog scale, this is impossible. Anyone who refuses a digital meter will have to pay a fixed contribution in the future. However, how high it really is remains to be seen. So some Flemish people choose whites for their money.

Solar Panels

In addition, there are solar panel holders. The analog counter retracts when power is supplied to the network. With a digital meter there is a charge for the energy supplied, but the profit is lower. So anyone with solar panels can refuse the digital meter until January 1, 2025 if they meet certain conditions.

For example, the exception only applies to those who installed solar panels before the end of 2020. You can also enjoy rotary farms for up to 15 years. For example, anyone with panels installed in 2009 should theoretically have a new meter installed as early as 2024 to 15 years after that.

Even if the question is what are the consequences for someone who wipes their feet. Legally, a person who is not subject to the exclusion regime may not refuse the digital meter. But there are no consequences for now.

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