The town of Rosenheim in Bavaria is taking a new approach to its power supply. It has built a small gas-power plant to burn the waste from the 60,000-strong town – just enough to balance out possible power shortages from the grid.
“We feed the power into the network, preferably at times when the price for power at the exchange is highest,” said Götz Brühl, the head of Rosenheim’s public utility.
Rosenheim is just one of many towns and communities in Germany that have built themselves small-scale power plants to guarantee power supply in times of shortages or high prices.
Following the country’s decision to exit nuclear power after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster, Germany started to subsidize renewable energies and has seen a trend in decentralizing power supply from large utilities to smaller local operations.
This is a trend, however, that Siemens, Germany’s engineering and electronics giant, seems to have overlooked.