News Digest Item
04 Nov 2016

Security standby of lignite plants will cost 230 million euros

Deutscher Bundestag

The German government continues to assume that a planned security standby of lignite plants will result in costs of about 230 million euros over seven years, it said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green party. The security standby is also likely to cause a rise in grid fees of 0.05 cents per kilowatt hour, the government added.  In order to save CO2 emissions in the power sector, the government has agreed with utilities to put old and inefficient lignite plants with a total capacity of 2.7 gigawatts on temporary security standby before they are eventually shut down permanently.

Read the government’s answer in German here.

For background on the security reserves read the CLEW factsheet Germany’s new power market design.

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