VDE Study: Energy Shift Towards Renewables Needs Back-up by Flexible Conventional Power Plants

Last year’s energy policy shift away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply needs to be backed up by a fleet of flexible conventional power plants, a study by Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) concludes.

Only flexible conventional power plants were capable during the transition period to balance capacity shortages of grids, storage facilities and renewable energies and thus ensure a safe and reliable power supply, the VDE study “Renewable Energies Need Flexible Power Plants” says. For the study energy experts developed and assessed electricity generation scenarios up to 2020.

In order to ensure the necessary conventional capacities, new market incentives for flexible operation of existing plants and investments in new, modern plants have to be created to bridge the transition period, VDE demands. This required developing suitable regulatory and business models so that a thermal minimum capacity could be operated in an economically viable way even in view of few full load hours.

VDE also sees an urgent need for action with respect to the expansion and enhancement of the national grids as well as storage facilities and technologies.

While the energy policy shift was a challenge for Germany, it was also an opportunity to develop new ground breaking technology, VDE points out.

Source: VDE

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