Grid agency sends warning notices after 2019 power grid strains
Clean Energy Wire
Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has found that two companies – Energie Vertrieb Deutschland (EVD) and Optimax Energy – have violated their obligations in helping to balance out demand and supply in the power grid. Following a severe imbalance of supply and demand in the German power grid on several days in June 2019, BNetzA had launched an investigation. The agency now explained that it is a violation of the rules to give a higher projection of power feed-in than can actually be provided.
At several times in June 2019, there was less electricity available than needed to keep the grid stable, and Germany had to rely on neighbouring countries to cope. As a reaction, BNetzA adopted provisions to strengthen supply security in December. 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. So far, however, Germany has one of the highest levels of supply security internationally.