News Digest Item
04 Jan 2017

“Coal-fired power plants prove flexibility”

Lausitzer Rundschau

Eastern German coal-fired power plants proved to be flexible in unstable weather conditions over the holidays, writes Simone Wendler in Lausitzer Rundschau. The plants had to quickly be powered down or restarted at times of volatile wind power feed-in before, during and after storms to stabilise the power grid. However, coal-fired power plants were “not flexible enough” to avoid the negative wholesale power prices that occurred over the holidays, according to Christoph Podewils of think tank Agora Energiewende.*

Read the article in German here.

For background read the CLEW factsheet Why power prices turn negative.

*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.  

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