Intervention isn't needed to secure flexibility in power

Capacity mechanisms are not the right answer to renewables, says EEX’s Köhler

Steffen Koehler - EEX
Steffen Köhler, EEX

Renewables are increasingly having an impact on European energy markets. The marked rise in the share of renewables in power generation poses a number of challenges, particularly for Germany, where the trend is most stark.

The increased volume of electricity being generated from renewables is leading to lower wholesale prices and severe difficulties for conventional thermal plants, which are fast becoming uneconomical. Yet these conventional plants are still needed. Renewables are highly volatil