28 May '12, 4pm

German Power Grids Increasingly Strained

German Power Grids Increasingly Strained

The situation of the power grid was very strained during the winter 2011/12. Besides the scenarios described in the Grid Agency report of 31 August 2011 the shortage of natural gas in February 2012 was followed by an unexpected event which added to the load on the electric grids, respectively required additional measures from the transmissions system operators for maintaining system security. In addition to that also unusual high forecast errors caused an exhaustion of the regulating reserves. Therefore the transmissions system operators had to resort to additional measures. The Grid Agency will create incentives for improvements of the forecasts by adaptation of the price system for balancing power. The synchronous compensator Biblis was commissioned in February 2012 and provided the expected relief of the voltage problems. German and Austrian power plant reserves were us...

Full article: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9205

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