With its Electricity Market 2.0 project, the German government wants to take an important step towards enhanced integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity market. Renewables in 2015 already constituted about one third of Germany’s electricity consumption. The challenge is to integrate an increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy with feed-in priority into the system, in a secure, cost-efficient and sustainable way.
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Following an analysis of the necessary back-up capacity to ensure grid stability in winter 2015/2016 by the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has declared back-up capacity of at least 6,700 MW necessary in winter 2015/2016 and at least 6,600 MW in winter 2016/2017. Making various caveats BNetzA estimated the necessary reserve capacity in 2019/2020 to be 1,600 MW.
The German transmission system operators today secured additional secondary control reserve ahead of Friday’s solar eclipse. Results published on regelleistung.net show average capacity prices from today’s tender for 20 March 2015 of 546.58 EUR/MW (negative secondary control reserve) and 579.70 EUR/MW (positive secondary control reserve). Marginal capacity prices were 1,189.90 EUR/MW for negative and 1,320.00 EUR/MW positive secondary control reserve.
The four transmission system operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT und TransnetBW have secured 3,636 MW winter reserve capacity, 545 MW more than the 3,091 MW originally determined in May.
The Scientific Advisory Committee to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) submitted a report on the long-term management of the security of supply, in which it highlights the current positive situation, but recommends to introduce a capacity market to provide sufficient flexible power in the long-run.
The Federation of German Consumer Associations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, vzbv) opposes the introduction of a capacity market in Germany and therewith directly rejects the request of the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW). Vzbv believes that the current instruments are presently sufficient to guarantee security of supply. The establishment of a capacity market only would result in higher costs for the German customer.