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Enercon to provide energy trading services

GERMANY: German turbine manufacturer Enercon is to add electricity trading to the services it offers to its customers.

From June, wind farm operators will be able to turn to Enercon to trade their electricity on the wholesale market. The manufacturer will supply energy directly to end customers as well as remotely controlling the operation of turbines.

Germany's revised Renewable Energy Act, expected to take effect at the beginning of August, specifies that electricity from all turbines commissioned thereafter must be marketed in the wholesale market.

Enercon said that it will work with more than 30 electricity trading companies to offer this service to German wind farms. Enercon already markets the electricity from an estimated 1GW of wind capacity on its own account, according to an article published in the German Energy & Management in February.

By June, electricity from around 29GW of onshore wind (out of a total 33GMW) and from all 622MW of offshore wind will be sold on the wholesale market under the direct marketing system, an alternative to the previous feed-in-tariff payment mechanism.

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