“Green power in trouble”
Grid operators have to intervene ever more often to stabilise the grid due to the rapid expansion of wind power, writes Franz Hubik in business daily Handelsblatt. The blackout prevention cost 1 billion euros in 2015 and the grid agency warns that annual costs could rise to 4 billion euros by 2022, when the last nuclear power station is due to be switched off in Germany. The association of energy intensive businesses (VIK) warns that if renewables’ share rises as scheduled to 45 percent by 2025, costs could explode, endangering German competitiveness.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet Industrial power prices and the Energiewende.