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Overview of the windfall tax acts in Germany and its European neighbors

Due to the high electricity prices, windfall tax laws have been enacted in all EU member states that skim off surplus revenues from the sale of electricity. As a rule, only electricity producers are affected by this regulation (with the exception of Poland). The windfall tax laws stipulate that electricity producers may keep part of the market revenues generated as "legally permitted revenue". Any revenue more than this (surplus revenues) must be surrendered. Many member states have decided to deduct not 100 % but 90 % of the surplus revenues in order to leave plant operators an economic incentive.

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Jochen Schwill looks back at his time at Next Kraftwerke.
Energy Blog / Energy sector / Transformation

On to something new, or: How to create innovation?

At my farewell party in beautiful Cologne-Ehrenfeld, which will otherwise remain shrouded in mystery, a colleague asked me what I was going to do now. "Something new, I guess" was my answer, without shrugging my shoulders, without fatalism. "Yes, but what?" she followed up. "No idea," I returned. The new is always unknown, I think to myself, and you just have to open up to it and it will come.

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Energy Trader at Next Kraftwerke
Energy Blog / Energy sector / Energy Trading / Renewable Energy / Energy Market / Energy policy

Trading for the Energy Transition – Insights into the Job of an Energy Trader

Visitors entering the trading floor of Next Kraftwerke perceive much more monitors than people. At least four, sometimes eight monitors are grouped around each workplace. Traders watch the activities on the screens with full concentration: energy market prices, load and generation profiles, market information, weather reports, and plant schedules. The job is to keep an eye on, prioritize and evaluate a wide range of information. The acquired knowledge largely determines the traders' activities on the European power exchanges.

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Jochen Schwill and Hendrik Saemisch are the CEOs of Next Kraftwerke.
Energy Blog / Renewable Energy / Virtual Power Plant / Energy sector / Energy Market / VPP

If you want change, you need the courage to change

Hendrik Sämisch and Jochen Schwill, founders and CEOs of Next Kraftwerke, on the partnership with Shell Renewables & Energy Solutions

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Belchatow Power station in Poland
Energy Blog / Virtual Power Plant / Electricity Market / Control Reserve / Energy policy / Energy sector

The (Almost) Black Monday in Poland

On June 22 of 2020, Poland came very close to a countrywide power outage: Power plants with a capacity of thirteen gigawatts (out of which, only six planned) went down – and subsequently, balancing energy prices rose to record level.

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Current development in the Chinese energy sector analyzed and explained.
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy sector / Renewable Energy / Virtual Power Plant / PV

Next Stop: China

In our blog series “Next Stop” we are taking a closer at various global energy landscapes. This time our stop is in China, where Jan Völpel from our “Innovation & Development team at Next Kraftwerke visited a workshop on demand side flexibility.

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Energy sector and electricity access in India
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy policy / Energy sector / Renewable Energy / Flexibility

Next Stop: India

Our new series of blog posts covers power markets throughout the world. Our next stop is India – Ravi Vaidya is writing his master thesis on Non-European Flexibility Markets at Next Kraftwerke as part of our Innovation & Development team. Together with Jonas Simon, who has just been to India on a business trip, they discuss the Indian energy market.

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Business developers from Next Kraftwerke visit Japan to discuss potentials of building Virtual Power Plants
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy policy / Energy sector / Renewable Energy / Virtual Power Plant

Next Stop: Japan

Our new series of blog posts covers power markets throughout the world. To kick things off, Alexander Krautz and Tobias Romberg discuss their trip to Japan.

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