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Your emergency power generator as a source of revenue

Earning money with decentralized feed-in tariffs and balancing energy marketing

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In most cases, emergency power generators are not used apart from trial operation and thus only cause costs. However, the plants can cover much more than just a very rare grid failure: With RWE's support, you can use your emergency power plants to reduce your operating costs and even generate additional revenue.

On the one hand, this is done by using your gensets for the provision of positive balancing reserve or positive balancing energy.

However, RWE goes beyond this approach, which is widespread on the market, and is the only provider able to open up two additional sources of revenue for your company with the decentralized feed-in tariff (DZE) and peak load shaving. As a result, revenues are usually much higher than those generated by pure balancing energy marketing.

At the same time, the targeted use of your gensets for only a few hours a year relieves the power grid and thus helps to advance the energy transformation in Germany. With all these advantages, the original function of your genset, the supply of emergency power, remains unaffected.

Balancing energy, DZE & Co: Your revenue sources in detail

By having your emergency power generator operated for just a few hours in a year, you can turn the power of your genset into cash.

And because RWE, as one of the leading energy suppliers in Europe, offers you significantly more options for this than most competitors, you can from each option with our various product modules!

Schematic representation of the RWE optimization concept for emergency power generators
The figure shows the schematic of the RWE optimization concept for emergency gensets (incl. emergency power function, control options, profit sharing and product modules).

Decentralized feed-in tariff

On the one hand, your emergency generator can be used to relieve the load on the power distribution grid by means of decentralized feed-in. This means that the trial operation of your emergency power system is optimized by RWE so that it takes place at times when the power grid is under particularly heavy load.

In addition to the economic benefits for the society, this marketing can generate attractive revenues, the so-called decentralized feed-in tariff (DZE), for avoided grid usage. This is paid out by the upstream network operator if the genset has fed in at the time of the annual peak load. This is exactly the quarter of an hour in which the grid had its absolute load peak of the respective calendar year.

However, this one quarter of an hour of the year is not fixed in advance. This is where RWE's many years of expertise in the marketing of power plants and the load forecasting model developed specifically for this purpose come into play. Tried and tested many times, RWE's optimization algorithm is able to predict the time of the annual peak load with a high degree of accuracy after the model has been customized especially for you.

The revenues generated in this way are particularly attractive. Experience shows that very few operating hours per year are sufficient for this. We can inform you of the right times for this optimized operation by e-mail or control the plants directly from a distance - just as you wish.

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Balancing energy marketing

Your emergency generator can contribute to the stabilization (frequency maintenance) of the public power transmission grid. This is done by marketing balancing energy.

For marketing purposes, the "RWE Flex2Market Box" is a tried-and-tested, secure remote control technology that RWE can use to optimally deploy your plants via remote access.

Your gensets are kept in reserve to ramp up power generation and support the grid in the event of an emergency. Since the plants are kept at operating temperature anyway for grid replacement, they are ideally suited for maintaining this positive balancing reserve. The mere provision of this power generation capacity as positive balancing reserve is already remunerated.

If an emergency should occur, the genset is started up within a short time and provides balancing power. However, in view of the large pool of generators in RWE's portfolio that are capable of providing balancing power, an actual call-up of your genset is extremely rare. In this way, you benefit from the remuneration for the provision of balancing power, but hardly have to accept any additional operating hours for your genset.

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Peak load shaving

By selectively deploying your genset, peak load shaving can significantly reduce the cost of your electricity purchases from the public grid.

RWE analyzes your individual power load profile and develops application models that offer the greatest possible added value for your company. The goal can either be to simply reduce the peak load drawn from the power grid by the output of your emergency generator.

In many cases, however, it is also possible to use your emergency power plant to change your electricity consumption in such a way that special forms of grid usage can be obtained. By means of these individual grid charges, up to 90% of your grid charges can be saved via so-called intensive grid usage for uniform power purchase profiles. Or via so-called atypical grid usage, where you only have to pay the power charge for the maximum power drawn during high-load time windows.

RWE will check for your individual case to what extent even significantly higher savings can be realized for your company.

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Your advantages at a glance

Advantages of the RWE product at a glance
The illustration shows the various advantages of the RWE product in terms of economy, technology, sustainability and convenience.

Our approach

We see our service as a full service offer. This includes all project steps from professional initial consultation to optimized deployment. In this way, your effort is kept to a minimum.

Our references

We are already successfully marketing emergency power generators with the following partners:

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Philipp Kremer

Commercial Asset Management

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

RWE Platz 6
45151 Essen

Claudius Beermann

Commercial Asset Management

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

RWE Platz 6
45141 Essen

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