Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid
- Sector coupling - Shaping an integrated renewable energy system
- Interconnectors & blockages – German grid at odds with EU power market
- Set-up and challenges of Germany's power grid
- Loop flows: Why is wind power from northern Germany putting east European grids under pressure?
- Re-dispatch costs in the German power grid
- Setting the power price: the merit order effect
- The causes and effects of negative power prices
- Power grid fees - Unfair and opaque?
- Volatile but predictable: Forecasting renewable power generation
- How can Germany keep the lights on in a renewable energy future?
- Germany’s renewable generation peaks remain shrouded in data fog
- Germany's electricity grid stable amid energy transition
- 50Hertz Transmission
- AGEB - AG Energiebilanzen e.V.
- Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry
- BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries
- BEE - German Renewable Energy Federation
- Prof. Dr. Oliver Brückl
- BUND - Friends of the Earth Germany
- BWE - German Wind Energy Association
- EWI - Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne
Shutting down nuclear and coal – can Germany maintain supply security on renewables alone?
11 May 2021 | Germany’s target of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045 has a very important sub-goal: The expansion of renewable energy capacity to provide green power for transport, heating and making hydrogen. But running such an integrated energy system on fluctuating renewables alone will require not just more windmills and solar panels, but a power network that ensures the delicate balance of supply and demand at all times, while conventional capacities are shut down. So far, the power supply in Germany remains one of the most reliable in the world. The government and grid operators are confident it will stay this way despite the challenges of electrifying the nation. But others warn that the country will soon be in need of back-up capacity. Read the article here.
A power grid fit for a clean energy future
4 Oct 2018 | Germany’s shift from fossil fuelled and nuclear power will only succeed if the infrastructure is there to support a very different kind of energy system. But the country’s grid is just not up to the job of making proper use of all the renewable power Germany now generates. And the new government has raised its renewables target for 2030. It says it can’t meet that target without major new cross-country power connections. But building them has proved a fraught process, plagued by public resistance. An underdeveloped grid is already costing consumers hundreds of millions of euros. And major questions remain over what kind of network the country will need to accommodate the close to 100 percent renewable power supply it is aiming for by 2050. Read the article here.
Set-up and challenges of Germany's power grid
Germany’s power grid ranks among the most reliable in the world, despite an increasing share of fluctuating renewable energy sources. The government has made the extension of the grid a priority to maintain this high level of resilience. This factsheet explains the setup of the grid and the rules governing the expansion, and identifies its operators. Read the factsheet here.
Germany's electricity grid stable amid energy transition
May 2021 | Production of intermittent green electricity has risen sharply over the last few years in Germany, and industry occasionally voices concern about the security of the power supply. But Germany still has one of the most reliable electricity grids in the world, and according to the country's grid agency BNetzA, actual power blackouts are increasingly caused by extreme weather events, rather than by the transition to renewable energies. Read the Factsheet here.