Lignite power units move into reserve
As of 1 October, three more lignite power station blocks in Niederaußem and Jänschwalde will be mothballed and moved into the so-called security standby reserve, dpa news agency reports. After four years in the reserve, the units will be retired for good. According to the Federal Network Agency, none of the blocks in the reserve have ever been used as back-up capacities. The government introduced the security reserve, which is to consist of eight units by 2019, in 2015 to reduce emissions from lignite plants. Utilities will receive around 230 million euros in 2017 and 2018 as a compensation, the government says.
Read the article in German here.
Read a CLEW factsheet on capacity reserves in the power market here.