In future, CHP funding will be auctioned for medium-sized installations with electrical output between 1 and 50 MW and for innovative CHP systems. The key points of this auction-based system have been included in the CHP Act since the beginning of 2017. The details of how the auctions are to be carried out are set out in the ordinance on CHP auctions. The auctions are expected to commence in the winter of 2017/18.

A new funding category which will cover innovative CHP systems will also be introduced. Innovative CHP systems combine flexible CHP plants with renewable heat, for example from solar thermal installations or heat pumps, which considerably lowers their greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative CHP systems therefore show ways in which CHP installations can remain a viable option for generating electricity long into the future.