50Hertz integrates high to record levels of wind, solar in Q1

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March 31 (Renewables Now) - 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, the transmission system operator (TSO) in northern and eastern Germany, said today it faced no difficulties in integrating high volumes of wind and solar power in the first months of 2020.

In February, wind turbines and photovoltaic (PV) panels covered roughly 85% of electricity demand, on average, in the area for which 50Hertz is responsible.

Wind power generation in the past few months has been above average levels thanks to strong winds, especially in the north. In the last week, the output of solar parks has reached record levels. Around noon on March 23, the TSO integrated some 8.5 GW of solar electricity into the grid and transported it. It did not face the need to curtail any solar capacities at that time, 50Hertz pointed out.

“Our colleagues are experienced in handling weather-dependent fluctuations in the electricity supply from renewable energy sources and routinely integrate even the highest shares of renewables safely into our system. The present electricity demand, which is lower now due to the measures to fight the corona pandemic, is also manageable,” CEO Stefan Kapferer said. He further explained that short-term changes in load or generation can be balanced efficiently via the stock market.

50Hertz is part of the EIia group.

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