Owners of power plants need to tell the government about plans to retire a plant 12 months in advance. The government can then forbid the retirement if it deems the plant crucial for blackout or brownout avoidance. This mostly concerns gas power plants in the south, to tackle supply problems during winter. Pundits agree that the problem is underregulation, but of course the (long-term) course of action is unclear.
While some call for a reversal of market liberalization ("the free market can't allocate reserves"), others call for an actual market for mid- and long-term reserve capacity. www.fr-online.de/energie/energie-wende-notgesetz-fuer-kraftwerke,1473634,1752...
21 Sep 2012 - 4:20
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