A letter from the Walloon Minister for Energy and Local Affairs, Paul Furlan (Socialist Party), dated September, asks communes to increase the tax on windmills. It says they should ask for 17,500 a year per windmill from producers, who are becoming more numerous. This information was reported by Le Soir on Wednesday. In the letter addressed to all mayors in Wallonia, the minister informs them it is still possible to “install the windmill tax for 2014”. The minister calls on them to respect the tax levels of 12,500 to 17,500 euros a year per windmill. That’s around double the amount in previous proposed bills.
Edora, the federation for renewable energy, called on “the government to end extortionate commune taxes for windmills” at the beginning of December.
The letter is not an order. Communes are simply encouraged to adhere to the Ministers request. They can keep the tax at a level they judge adequate.