The Proposal For Renewables, The Proposition Of Cogeneration

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Along with incentives for renewables, the proposition of cogeneration was introduced. The idea is such that waste heat from power generators will be recovered to increase the overall efficiency of fuel consumption. With the development of cogeneration units, heat can be much more easily and efficiently stored, and even further, such units could be ramped up whenever power is needed and the heat would be stored for later. To provide an incentive for cogeneration units, Energiewende set a bonus for each kW-h of power produced by the cogeneration unit—this power has priority on the grid. With the development of renewable sources and the emphasis on renewable energy, the energy transition will need an expanded, adapted grid to cope with more renewable power. The current grid in Germany is designed to take power from central power stations to consumers, but this is not sustainable for renewable energies. Large power plants will continue to export power to the transit grid, but it needs to be changed so that power from wind turbines in the north can reach consumers in the west and south. In 2011, the German Parliament passed the ‘Act on Accelerating Grid Expansion’ calling for a review of ultra-high voltage lines by Germany’s Network Agency and for high-voltage (110-kilovolt) lines to be installed as underground cables. With large plans and dramatic changes to German energy policy, it yields the question of just how successful Germany has been in accomplishing these goals (in

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