BNetzA, the German grid regulator, has revealed that German power plant operators have filed applications to shut a combined capacity of 7740 MW of power generation units.

Platts reports the operator as having included on the list the earlier than planned shut-down of E.ON’s (FWB: EOAN) 1275 MW Grafenrheinfeld reactor (pictured).
Overall, 4337 MW of the planned power plant closure applications are for southern Germany, it said. Last year, the grid regulator said that it wouldn’t accept any more closures from the southern region.

Power plant operators in Germany have to register planned power plant closures at least one year in advance with the grid regulator, which has to analyse whether the plant is needed for the stability of the power grid. Should the regulator judge the plant as system-critical, the plant operator will receive compensation for the continued operation of the plant.

Seven of the 46 units have already been judged as system-critical, four of them located in southern Germany, it said.

The background to the closures is the under-utilization of mainly older fossil-fueled power plants amid the boom in renewables, annual demand declines and cheaper coal and carbon prices, favoring lignite- and coal-fired power generation.

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