Curtailment: What is it?
In the last decade, the Netherlands has witnessed a rapid growth of the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. While this shift towards sustainability is promising, it has also introduced a new challenge: excess of green energy leading to more grid imbalance.
To prevent this imbalance, curtailment is used as a solution. Curtailment means temporarily reducing the capacity of energy generators, such as wind turbines or solar farms, at times when there is more supply than demand. The primary objective is to keep the energy grid in balance. However, energy producers can use curtailment as a shield against negative imbalance prices.
→ If you don’t apply curtailment, you pay for the power you produce.
Benefits of curtailment
Stop losing money and start maximizing your earnings.
By applying automatic curtailment, the efficiency of your asset improve. You are no longer supplying electricity when imbalance prices are negative.
Keep the energy grid balanced, even during peak production.
Make your assets more controllable and adaptable to changing energy demands.
Your asset can respond to control signals. This is not only interesting for curtailment, but also for other services.
Be prepared for new legislations and stay compliant effortlessly.
The energy system of the future will require much more control of all installations. In 2024, grid operators will need to be able to intervene immediately in the event of acute congestion. This is called the Real-time interface. With Withthegrid’s curtailment solution, you are already prepared for this.