EU approves German state aid for cogeneration power plants

Operators of the combined heat and power plants will receive a premium on top of the market price

The European Commission has approved the German Government’s plans to provide state aid for two combined heat and power (CHP) plants in the country.

The support measures are for the modernisation of a highly efficient cogeneration facility in Munich and the construction of a new highly efficient plant in Herne.

Under the scheme, operators of cogeneration plants will receive a premium on top of the market price.

Germany had to notify the support measures for the plants individually as they both exceed the 300MW threshold set out under EU rules.

The Commission said cogeneration increases energy efficiency by recycling the heat from power generation for other uses, to the overall benefit of the environment.

It, therefore, found Germany’s support to the two plants will contribute to the EU’s energy and environmental objectives without distorting competition.

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