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German gas mothballing dispute heading to court

Germany is facing an increasingly stark choice over how to ensure sufficient back-up capacity for its renewables revolution Germany is facing an increasingly stark choice over how to ensure sufficient back-up capacity for its renewables revolution.
By Joshua Posaner 8 March 2016 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 19507
The Irsching gas-fired power plant. The operator has made a court challenge to a ban on its operation. (Siemens)

The debate over how to ensure conventional back-up capacity for Germany’s increasingly renewables-dominated power sector has moved to the courts, with a challenge against a ban by the regulator on mothballing the Irsching gas-fired power station in Bavaria.

Power and trading unit Uniper, which was recently spun off from E.On, took legal action in late February against a ban on the temporary decommissioning of its Irsching 4 unit. Transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT imposed the ban last September.

A separate case regarding the Irsching...