The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy today announced a new funding programme in the Federal Gazette entitled "Smart Energy - Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition" (German abbreviation: SINTEG). The programme is to support the development and piloting of grid operating systems that remain stable even when fluctuating amounts of electricity generated from wind and solar energy are fed in in high proportion. These systems are to be put into action in a number of pilot regions

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel said: "The programme creates a competition designed to spawn the most innovative ideas. We will be providing a total of up to Euro 80 million in funding for at least two large showcase regions in order to pool knowledge, experience, and relevant activities in the area of grid operating systems. We want to use innovative smart energy systems to make it easier for consumers to actively participate in the energy market. We also want to encourage the development of new products and services. This is why the SINTEG programme also forms part of a package of measures entitled 'Innovative Digitisation of German Industry' and is an important component that is serving to help implement the Federal Government's Digital Agenda."

The smart grids in the SINTEG pilot regions are to provide system integrity for the feed-in of electricity generated from up to 100 % renewable energy. They will demonstrate greater interplay between electricity generation, consumption, and storage, and the grid. A showcase might, for instance, use smart grids to improve demand-side flexibility, and to connect load centres where there is high population and industrial density, with regions in which there are temporary surpluses of renewable energy.