Siebte EEG-Konferenz von 50Hertz diskutiert Entwicklung der erneuerbaren Energien hin zum dominanten Faktor im elektrischen System
Berlin – Today, about 200 participants gathered in Berlin to attend the EEG conference held by transmission system operator 50Hertz to discuss the impact of the reformed Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that entered into force during the summer of 2014 as well as recent trends and challenges against the backdrop of the political debate on the energy transition, particularly in view of the EEG surcharge for 2016, which was presented today by the four German transmission system operators.
The annual EEG conference at the transformer substation in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the seventh to date, was attended by representatives of the transmission and distribution system operators as well as by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, power traders, IT experts, lawyers and accountants.
During his opening speech, CEO of 50Hertz Boris Schucht emphasised that renewable energy sources have become the dominant factor in our power system. New products and processes are therefore needed both in system operations and market development in order to ensure the most secure and cost-efficient integration of renewables in the grid as possible.
According to the 50Hertz CEO, this also includes the planned power market act in addition to the legislative initiatives for RES tenders or the digitalisation of the energy transition. "An important part of the Power Market Act is the central position of renewables in the power system. The further development of the energy-only market will lead to more flexibility for the integration into the system of large quantities of energy generated from fluctuating sources. It provides the right incentives for producers and consumers to determine their course of action based on the state of the electric power system. We can con-tribute to this by improving the balancing groups", said Schucht.
Lectures were held at the conference on specific themes related to the implementation of the EEG reform, such as the 2016 EEG surcharge, legal aspects of the EEG surcharge for autogeneration, the CHP Act amendment as well as the grid connections of the Baltic 1 and Baltic 2 offshore wind farms. To create a better platform for dialogue, the second half of the conference offered professional forums instead of the earlier plenary addresses. Specific themes could be discussed in further detail within the four available forums: "management of balancing groups and BRP contracts", "settlement of the EEG surcharge for autogeneration", "§ 74 of the EEG - national procedure for RES data supplied by ESPs" and "implementation of the System Stability Ordinance".
With over 900 collaborators, 50Hertz handles the operation and the expansion of the transmission network. Furthermore, the company is responsible for the management of the overall electrical system throughout the German Länder of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. As transmission system operator active in the Central European market, 50Hertz is responsible for the secure integration of renewable energies, the development of the European electricity market and for maintaining a high level of security of supply. Since 2010, Belgian grid operator Elia and Australian infrastructure fund IFM Investors are shareholders of 50Hertz, holding stakes of 60% and 40% respectively. As a European transmission system opera-tor, 50Hertz is part of the Elia Group and a member of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.