Developing green energy concepts

The energy mix is accelerating from fossil fuels to renewables at an ever-increasing rate. Regulatory interventions as well as new market entries from industries outside the sector are further accelerating the pace of change. This transformation is accompanied by the digitalisation of processes as well as innovative holistic energy concepts and decentralised power plants.

For years, the cost of expanding renewable energies have been passed on to consumers’ energy bills through the EEG levy. Despite high burdens on energy prices due to the EEG levy, the actual development of the expansion of renewable energies lags behind the targets set for achieving the CO2 reduction goals. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), only 45.4% of power consumption and just 16.4% of primary energy consumption in Germany were covered by renewable sources in 2020. Thus, one can expect a significant expansion of renewable energy in the coming years on the one hand and on the other hand, a change away from the steering effect from the EEG levy/apportionment towards a CO2 price for fossil fuels.

How can organizations participate in this development? How is the energy portfolio converted to truly „green“ electricity and what business models can be derived? Who are the right parters, and how can risks be minimized? First answers can currently be seen in the significantly increased energy prices of the recent past. Renewable energies with their ecological advantages as green energy are now increasingly being integrated into existing purchasing portfolios for economic diversification. 3EC have developed concepts on how to provide solar and wind power directly to clients, without limiting the security of supply.

Solar or wind power supply is contracted directly with a generator through a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) and complemented by a flexible green portfolio for full demand coverage. This reduces dependance to volatile power markets on the one hand and allows greater predictability of energy costs through a long-term PPA on the other hand.