Power plant list
The Bundesnetzagentur's list of power plants includes
- all existing power plants in Germany with a minimum net nominal capacity of 10 MW
- plants in Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland that feed into the German grid
- the sum of generating facilities with a capacity of less than 10 MW that are eligible for payments under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for each federal state and energy source
- generating facilities with a capacity of less than 10 MW that are not eligible for payments under the EEG grouped by energy source
Current generating facilities
The Bundesnetzagentur's list of power plants and the information on new plant capacity and plant closures are updated on a regular basis.
|Total net nominal capacity||Of which participating in the electricity market||Of which renewable energy sources||Of which eligible for payment under the EEG|
(as of 31 December 2017)
|214.2 GW||202.6 GW||111.8 GW||107.8 GW|
The data on the individual power plants are based on the Bundesnetzagentur's annual monitoring surveys. The key data published do not include any confidential information. The data on facilities eligible for payments under the EEG are also based on information reported by the TSOs in connection with the annual EEG accounts and the Bundesnetzagentur's Marktstammdatenregister.
In addition to location details and the key data for each power plant (including energy source, capacity, voltage level), the list also includes the following breakdowns by:
- energy source, with a division between renewable and non-renewable sources
- plant status1
- federal state and energy source
- renewable energy source, with a division between renewable and non-renewable sources, as of 31 December 2011 to 2017
Due to the fact that the virtual tie-line has been assigned differently, the capacity of run-of-river hydro power plants and mixed hydropower plants has been reduced by 239 MW.
New plant capacity and plant closures
The data collected in the Bundesnetzagentur's monitoring surveys include data on plants with a minimum net nominal capacity of 10 MW that are planned to be put into or taken out of operation.
Owing to the plants' particular importance to security of supply, the Bundesnetzagentur also publishes key data on power plants
- using non-intermittent sources2 that are under construction or in trial operation
- using non-intermittent sources that are scheduled for closure in the period up to the end of 2022 (scheduled temporary and final closures, broken down into closures officially notified and closures known of through the monitoring surveys)
- that will no longer be participating in the electricity market but that will remain available for security of supply reasons (standby lignite-fired power plants)
In addition to information on new plant capacity and plant closures in the whole of Germany, a focus is placed on the non-intermittent generating capacity in the south of the country that is of crucial importance to security of supply in the networks.
|Construction/trial operation||Scheduled closures up to the end of 2022|
|2.0 GW||Notified for final closure||- 1.8 GW |
|Nuclear plant closures||- 9.5 GW|
|Notified for temporary closure||- 1.0 GW |
|Standby lignite-fired plants||- 0.8 GW|
Plants may only be closed after official notification as required by section 13b of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) and after a certain period of time, usually twelve months.
Notifications of final closures have been received for plants with a total capacity of 1.8 GW; these comprise plants that do not have to be kept available for security of supply reasons, plants that have not yet been rated as systemically relevant or otherwise, and plants that cannot be rated as systemically relevant. Notifications of temporary closures have also been received for plants with a total capacity of 1.0 GW.
Scheduled plant closures until 2022
In addition to these official notifications, the Bundesnetzagentur has received information about further scheduled plant closures through the monitoring surveys. The temporary or final closure of plants with a total capacity of a further 1.4 GW is planned in the period up to the end of 2022.
|Energy source||Total capacity (MW)|
- temporarily shut down
- seasonal mothballing (German "saisonale Konservierung") refers to power plants which are temporarily mothballed during the summer half-year and which commence operations afterwards
- standby mode for backup purposes (German "Sicherheitsbereitschaft") - According to section 13g of the Energy Act (EnWG), several lignite power plants will be transferred in the so called "Sicherheitsbereitschaft" for a period of four years as from 1 October 2016. During this period the power plants are not allowed to distribute power outside the regime of the "Sicherheitsbereitschaft". After the period of four years, the power plants are not allowed to return to the energy only market.
- the law hinders the decommissioning of the generation facility (German "Gesetzlich an Stillegung gehindert") are plants which are not allowed to be decommissioned by law. These power plants are only operated at the request of the transmission system operators (TSOs) to ensure security of supply.
- special cases (German "Sonderfälle") refer to power plants which are temporarily decommissioned (e.g. repair due to damage) or run in a restricted mode.
- final shut down