German power market

The Renewable Energy Act (EEG), which first took effect in 2000, drives the energy turnaround and the expansion of renewable energies in Germany. The long-term aim of expansion is a share of up to 80% renewable energies in the gross power consumption in Germany by 2050. Measures like mandatory direct marketing, the market premium model, the liberalisation of the market for system services and the flexibilisation premium offer an increased incentive for operators of decentralised generation plants (DGP) to integrate their plants into the power market. This integration is usually effected with the help of VPPs.