“Economic viability of decentralised power station at risk”
The grid reform proposal threatens to undermine the economics of decentralised power stations, according to utility association BDEW. “The government risks that controllable and flexible decentralised power generators are pushed out of the market,” said association head Stefan Kapferer in a press release, adding that combined heat and power systems, run-of-river and storage installations, as well as some conventional plants, would be affected.
Municipal utility association VKU said a reform was needed to distribute the costs of the Energiewende more evenly. Association head Katherina Reiche said the current proposal would weaken combined heat and power systems essential for reaching Germany’s climate targets.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet Combined heat and power – an Energiewende cornerstone?