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Reported by 50Hertz Transmission on 16 January 2019

New record: over 16,000 megawatts of wind power in 50Hertz grid

Feed-in record of New Year’s Day already broken

A glance into the Transmission Control Centre in Neuenhagen. Photo: Jan Pauls (Courtesy of 50Hertz Transmission GmbH)

Cyclone Florenz brought 50Hertz a new wind power feed-in record. On 13 January, at 8.45 pm, the system control centre of the transmission system operator for north-eastern Germany registered over 16,000 megawatts for the first time ever. The annual peak load in the 50 Hertz grid area is also around 16,000 megawatts. During this time, the grid area of 50Hertz could have been completely supplied with wind power and would have even exported energy.

“This figure has once more shown us that as a company, we and our neighbouring grids and partners are well prepared for such extreme situations. The grid can bear these loads,” stated Andreas John, Head of System Management at 50Hertz. His team at the Transmission Control Centre, the 50Hertz grid management hub in Neuenhagen near Berlin, had the situation under control at all times.

The record value is not least the result of last year’s increase in wind turbines within the 50Hertz control area. At the closing date (31 December 2018), preliminary figures indicated 19,400 megawatts of installed wind power capacity in this area, of which more than 1,000 were in the Baltic Sea.

References

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50Hertz Transmission GmbH. Press release - New record: over 16,000 megawatts of wind power in 50Hertz grid. URL: https://www.50hertz.com/en/News/FullarticleNewsof50Hertz/id/5967. [Date Accessed: 16/01/2019].

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