Next Kraftwerke and Utrecht-based Energie365 B.V. have teamed up to start a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in the Netherlands. Together, they aim to provide control reserve energy for the Dutch electricity market. As part of the process, Next Kraftwerke has also purchased shares in Energie365.
Founded in 2013, Energie365 aims at aggregating flexibility of decentralized units, such as biogas units and industrial parks. The new joint venture gives Energie365 access to Next Kraftwerke’s technical infrastructure. Additionally, Next Kraftwerke’s traders will support their Dutch counterparts from Energie365 in managing their portfolio.
As the operator of a large-scale VPP, it is part of Next Kraftwerke’s strategy to expand to other European countries. Next Kraftwerke's VPP now bundles around 2,800 medium- and small-scale power-producing and power-consuming units with a total output of 2,000 megawatts.