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Efficient integration of renewable energies with sector coupling technologies

Power-to-X technologies are important for the transformation and decarbonization of the energy system. In a project for German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt), Consentec in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISI and the law firm Beiten Burkhardt investigated how the integration of renewable energy by means of sector coupling is efficiently designed with respect to regulatory and legal framework. Focus was on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of reform options for government-induced price components. In principle, the analyses show that there are no clearly preferable solutions but that trade-offs always play an important role. The final report and a detailed appendix are published on the website of Umweltbundesamt.



In 2019, Consentec supported the German TSOs in developing recommendations for enhancements to the German imbalance settlement. Consentec has now prepared a comparable expert opinion for the Austrian TSO APG. Based on the “Imbalance Settlement Harmonization Methodology” approved by ACER, the proposal developed provides for introducing an incentivizing and a scarcity component. These two elements are intended to ensure that, on the one hand, balance responsible parties will be able to reduce their imbalance costs, and on the other hand, situations endangering system security can be avoided. The methodology proposed will be consulted.


Consentec enhances consulting team

Effective July 2020, Dr Philipp Baumanns joins the consulting team of Consentec as senior consultant.


vzbv publishes study on proposed reforms for electricity network tariffs

There is vivid debate in Germany at present on how the flexibility of new consumption technologies like e-mobility chargers or heat pumps shall be made available for network-oriented purposes. The consumers association Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv) has commissioned Consentec to analyse different models and to develop recommendations on their appropriate design. Special focus was put on a model proposed by consultants of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and on the option of introducing time-dependent use-of-network charges. vzbv has recently published this study.


Description of concepts for the German system balance and control reserve market

Commissioned by the German TSOs, Consentec prepared a description of concepts for the German system balance and control reserve market already in 2014, which was published on This explanatory document has been updated and supplemented in order to meet the requirements of Article 60.1 of the Guideline on Electricity Balancing (EB GL) The document (English version will soon be published) fulfills the requirement defined in the guideline that TSOs should prepare a report on the electricity balancing system for the previous two years at least every two years.


Agora’s study “Building sector Efficiency: A crucial Component of the Energy Transition” also available in English

Agora’s study “Building sector Efficiency: A crucial Component of the Energy Transition” which was published in 2018, is also available in English. In cooperation with the Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg (ifeu) and Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE) Consentec analysed how climate targets can be achieved by building efficiency measures. To these ends, cross-sectoral effects of building efficiency measures and their impact on the total economic costs of heat-supply were presented. The study also identifies measures to take in buildings, energy systems and networks if energy-saving measures for buildings are not implemented.