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Next Kraftwerke expands Virtual Power Plant to Poland


Next Kraftwerke, which operates in several European countries, has now expanded its Virtual Power Plant to Poland. As a licensed Polish power trader, Next Kraftwerke jointly with Elektrownie Next sp.z o.o. markets electricity from Polish renewable energy sources via the Virtual Power Plant Next Pool. Elektrownie Next is a fully-owned subsidiary of Next Kraftwerke, which has already linked more than 3,000 renewable energy assets in central European countries. “We have decided to offer our products on the Polish market because of pending changes to Poland’s renewable energy laws,” said Jochen Schwill, founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke, on the decision to expand to Poland. “For our central control system it is not important where the assets are located. We can link them wherever they are: in Germany, France, Poland or somewhere else.” Artur Lagodzinski, office manager in Poland, says: ”By linking to Next Kraftwerke’s central control system and by cooperating with our traders in Cologne, we are able to guarantee our clients at least the average monthly spot market price based on the Polish power exchange’s TGE Base. This enables us to offer operators plenty of planning security. We are confident that many clients will find these conditions attractive.”

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<p>Next Kraftwerke Belgium BVBA is Belgium’s first Digital Utility operating a Virtual Power Plant – the Next Pool – both on the electricity and reserve power markets with a focus on flexibility. The Belgian installations are pooled together with flexible generation and demand and demand response in other European countries (e.g. DE, NL, AT, FR) adding up to a total of more than 3,800 decentral consumers and producers with a total power of more than 2 GW.</p>