Next Kraftwerke expands Virtual Power Plant to Poland

Published: 16. June 2016

CEO Jochen Schwill and office manager Artur Lagodzinski

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.”

Next Kraftwerke

Next Kraftwerke operates one of the biggest Virtual Power Plants in Europe. By utilizing the full potential of digitalization, the company networks thousands of energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool”. Through its technology and trading, clients are able to produce and consume electricity when prices are best for them. By trading their aggregated power 24/7 on different energy spot markets the Virtual Power Plant also makes a substantial contribution to stabilizing the grid by smartly distributing the power generated and consumed by the individual units in times of peak load.