Germany can future-proof RES support, foster innovation and reduce costs

Integrating renewable generation into the German electricity market is increasingly challenging. A new E4tech study proposes a solution for cost-efficient integration of renewables into grids and markets, whilst balancing and fostering technology and business model innovation. The work, commissioned by the German Renewables Foundation (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie e.V.) and Deutsche Messe AG, has been widely covered in the German Press (Erneuerbare Energien, SONNEWIND&WARME, pv magazine, SOLARIFY, EW Magazin) for its potential future use in innovation tenders as a blueprint for integrating renewables into markets and grids under the revised German Renewable Energies Act (EEG 2017).

The core element of the study is a tender design that encourages the use of excess electricity and disincentivises the curtailment of generators. Up to 50 MW of renewable generators annually would have improved “system-friendly” capabilities under the proposed tender scheme.

The study “Design of innovation tenders for the EEG 2017 – Innovation Balancing for an integrated energy system” is available here (in German). If you want to know more, please get in touch with Malte Jansen or join us for the study’s presentation at the HannoverMesse on Wednesday 26th April 2017, from 2:00 to 2:20 on the Integrated Energy Plaza in Hall 27, Stand H50.

Learn more about E4tech’s work in renewable energy here and policy innovation here.

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