Next Kraftwerke, operator of one of the largest Virtual Power Plants in Europe, expands its operation to Italy. Together with the newly founded Centrali Next, Next Kraftwerke markets the electricity of decentralized renewable energy producers and aggregates them in the Virtual Power Plant Next Pool – with reduced costs and future opportunities for Italian renewable asset operators.
In the current Italian electricity market and its regulatory framework, asset owners face expensive imbalance and administrative costs that reduce their earnings. With in-depth knowledge in forecasting, trading, and controlling distributed assets as well as experience in various European markets, the Virtual Power Plant Next Pool offers a new way of reducing administration costs and eliminating imbalance costs. This way, sustainable energy producers can significantly increase their revenue. Centrali Next integrates renewable energy sources of all types, with a focus on photovoltaics, wind energy and hydro power.
The Italian office is managed by Alberto Latorre, business developer at Centrali Next. “With the Next Pool, we are able to offer higher revenues to the owners of renewable energy assets thanks to our trading solution and provide a large contribution to the transformation towards a carbon free energy production. Another big opportunity for assets in the Next Pool will arise with the upcoming reform of the ancillary market (MSD) design. As part of the VPP, renewables will then be able to provide ancillary services to the Italian grid. This will allow renewable power producers to contribute to a stable grid and unlock new revenue streams”, says Latorre. “As part of the Virtual Power Plant, Centrali Next can rely on a well-established system with more than 4,000 assets and more than 2,7 GW of aggregated power. Asset owners are able to benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the European Energy Markets and the challenges of aggregating renewable energy assets as well as trading their energy at the specific markets”, says Jochen Schwill, co-founder and co-CEO of Next Kraftwerke GmbH.
Next Kraftwerke is the parent company of Centrali Next and was founded 2009 in Germany. Next Kraftwerke offers ancillary services to all four German TSO areas and to the Belgian and Austrian control reserve markets. Next Kraftwerke is active in Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland and Switzerland.