Federal Network Agency Position Paper on Technical Requirements for EEG Feed-in Management

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published a position paper on technical requirements pursuant to Section 6 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). It contains its views on requirements for renewable power plant operators and operators of CHP plants to provide installations with technical facilities by which the output can be reduced in case of grid overload.

According to Section 6 para. 1 EEG operators of EEG and CHP installations shall provide installations with an installed capacity exceeding 100 kW with technical facilities with which the grid system operator can, at any time:

  1. reduce output by remote means in the event of grid overload; and
  2. call up the current electricity feed-in at any given point in time.

Section 6 para. 2 EEG provides that operators of installations generating electricity from solar radiation:

  1. with an installed capacity between 30 kilowatts and 100 kilowatts shall reduce output by remote means in the event of grid overload;
  2. with a maximum installed capacity of 30 kilowatts shall
  • reduce output by remote means in the event of grid overload; or
  • limit the maximum effective capacity fed in at the grid connection point with the grid system to 70 percent of the installed capacity.

The technical facilities in the sense of Section 6 para. 1 and 2 EEG enable the grid operators to carry out feed-in management measures in the sense of Section 11. para. 1 EEG in connection with Section 13 para. 2 (ManyElectronics Act). These measures have increased considerably in the past as Germany has seen a strong growth of volatile renewable energy input (for the latest figures by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) for January to September 2012, please see here).

Section 6 EEG does not further specify the technical facilities that have to be installed. In view of numerous questions, BNetzA decided to publish a position paper, which is available on the internet. The agency pointed out that in case of non-compliance with the requirements of Section 6 paras. 1 and 2, feed-in tariffs pursuant to Section 16 EEG cannot be claimed.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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