Germany Government creates the basis for tenders for cogeneration plants as well as for joint tenders for wind energy installations on land and solar power plants

Announced Date :  May 18, 2017

At today's meeting, the Federal Cabinet adopted a draft regulation on the introduction of tenders for cogeneration plants and innovative cogeneration systems as well as the introduction of joint tenders for wind energy installations on land and solar power plants. In the field of cogeneration, calls for tenders are being introduced for cogeneration plants and innovative cogeneration systems.
State Secretary Rainer Baake: "The tenders for cogeneration plants set the course for the future. Cogeneration is an important building block of energies. We are on course for CHP targets. Now it is about the fact that the plants react flexibly to renewable electricity and heat generation."

Medium-sized cogeneration plants with an installed capacity of 1 MW to 50 MW will only be funded in the future if you have been awarded a contract in the Federal Network Agency. Plants of this size usually feed heat into urban heating networks, but they can also supply heat to larger commercial or industrial companies. For the first time, funding for innovative CHP systems will be announced. Such systems combine flexible CHP plants with renewable heat, for example from solar thermal systems or heat pumps, thus saving a great deal of greenhouse gases. The additional funding category is intended to open up future prospects for cogeneration and to encourage necessary investments in flexible technologies.

Up to the year 2021, an annual output of 200 MW per year will be issued, of which 150 MW are initially used for conventional CHP plants and 50 MW for innovative CHP systems. The share of innovative cogeneration systems is growing slowly.

In addition, joint tenders for wind energy installations on land and solar power plants will be introduced. The joint calls for tenders will be introduced for a pilot phase of three years (2018-2020). The pilot project is intended to test in practice how a joint tender for wind-to-land and solar windings will have an impact. The total call-for-tender volume of the call for tenders is 400 MW of installed capacity in each of the three years.

Rainer Baake: "For good reasons, the Federal Government has so far decided on technology-specific tenders, as regulated by the EEG. This increases the supply security and ensures a better regional distribution of electricity generation from renewable energies. However, with a pilot project we want to gain practical experience with a cross-technology tender. We will evaluate the results and then draw the conclusions for the further development of the tender."

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