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Wind power

Wind power in Germany is leading the way in the field of renewable electricity generation. There are now wind turbines in Germany with an installed capacity of around 42,346 megawatts. 50Hertz already feeds into the grid around 40 percent of the installed wind power capacity in Germany. This also involves balancing the high wind-related fluctuations in power feed-in.

Wind power currently accounts for around eight percent of gross electricity consumption in Germany. In contrast to conventional power plants, however, electricity generated with wind turbines is subject to strong fluctuations. As a consequence, it is seldom that the electrical energy generated with wind corresponds to the respective demand. However, in accordance with the Renewable Energies Act (EEG), the operators of Germany’s power grids are required to take off all electricity fed into the grid by renewables-based generators. In order to balance supply and demand, operators must balance the high wind-related fluctuations.

50Hertz ensures this balance is maintained. This mainly involves balancing wind power, for which the forecast feed-in must be compensated.

The high wind-dependent fluctuations in fed-in power determine the compensation energy requirements and are thus a key cost driver.

Below, you will find a number of important key figures relating to wind energy in the 50Hertz control area.

Control area of 50Hertz: Wind power specifications 2014 - 2016*

Description 2014 2015   2016
Maximum wind power infeed 11.972 MW 12.832 MW  13.398 MW  
Minimum wind power infeed 0 MW 9 MW   25 MW
Largest quarter-hourly jump in wind power +1.267 MW /
-979 MW
+1.191 MW /
-1.395 MW  
+2.130 MW /
-2.487 MW 
Largest hourly jump in wind power +2.238 MW /
-2.414 MW
+2.017 MW /
-2.421 MW  
+3.107 MW /
-3.137 MW 
Largest daily jump caused by wind power +8.789 MW
+10.277 MW  +8.382 MW 
Installed capacity of wind power plants onshore at the end of the year 14.749 MW
15.771 MW   16.793 MW*
Installed capacity of wind power plants offshore at the end of the year 48 MW
 336 MW 336 MW

* Provisional data, final data will be available in June 2017; Source: EEG-Anlagenstammdaten von 50Hertz.

The forecast figures and extrapolated actuals of wind power feed-in for the 50Hertz control area are available on the following sites:

The relevant audit certificates in connection with the feed-in time series will be authoritative for final EEG settlement.

Contact - 50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Kerstin Maria Rippel

Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Kerstin Maria Rippel
Tel: +49 (0) 30-5150-3418
Fax: +49 (0) 30-5150-2199
E-Mail: kerstin.rippel@50hertz.com