BDEW: Information on Renewable Power Plants and Deployment in Germany: 1.48 Million Installations by End of 2013

According to the latest information by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), a total of 1.48 million renewable power installations generated electricity in Germany by the end of the year 2013. Solar power accounted for by far the largest amount with roughly 1.4 million installations, followed by wind power (23,024) and biomass power plants (13.589).

1. Information on Deployment and Generation

Bavaria had the largest number of renewable power installations (473,274), Baden-Württemberg (270,441) and North Rhine-Westfalia (215,824) were the runners up.

While the highest number of solar power installations (465,399) and biomass power plants (3,671) are located in Bavaria, the highest number of wind power plants (5,361) can be found in Lower Saxony. Due to the higher number of load hours for wind power plants this made Lower Saxony the German state which generated the highest amount of green power (22.94 billion kWh), followed by Bavaria (20.55 billion kWh) and North Rhine-Westfalia (13.26 billion kWh).

2. BDEW Demands for a Better Integration of Renewables into the Supply System

a) Grid Expansion and Back-up Capacity

BDEW called the 2014 reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (for more information on the EEG 2014, please see here) a step in the right direction as regards the integration of renewables into the markets and the supply infrastructure (Markt- und Systemintegration). For a further integration into the supply infrastructure, BDEW called grid expansion not only on the transmission level, but also on the level of the distribution grids necessary (For more information on delays in German grid expansion, please see our blog post on the latest Monitoring Report by the Federal Network Agency with further links).

Besides, there was a need for sufficient back-up capacity in times when renewable power plants did not deliver power. In that context, a new market design for Germany with plans to reach a renewables share of 80% by 2050 while ensuring sufficient back-up capacity is probably the hottest topic in the energy sector right now.

b) Auctioning Financial Support under the EEG

By 2017 the amount of financial support paid under the EEG to renewable power plant owners shall be determined in auctions (cf. Section 2 para. 5 EEG).

BDEW supports the ideas of auctions, saying that if there was sufficient competition and if the tender requirements were properly set, auctions could not only steer the quantity of new plants, but also reach the goal in a cost efficient way. The association welcomed the result of the first auction of PV capacity in general, but said the result still had to be evaluated and had to be carefully adapted to the other renewable energy sources, taking into consideration the individual particularities.

Source: BDEW

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