October 24th, 2017
Early October saw Germany’s Federal Network Agency open the first call for tenders for cogeneration plants (CHP) with an electrical power rating in the one to 50 MW segment. The bidding period is open until December 1st, 2017. The move follows amendments to Germany’s CHP Act (KWKG) and EU approval.
Under the revised act, surcharge payments for electricity from new or modernized CHP plants in this power segment are no longer prescribed by law, but determined on a competitive basis.
The maximum bid in the first round is seven euro cents per kilowatt-hour. The lowest bids will be successful until the volume of the tendering period is reached; in this first round that is an installed CHP capacity of 100 megawatts. The reverse auction process applies in principle to all CHP installations in the power segment.