Enables renewable energy growth

A power purchase agreement is a contract between a producer (seller) and a consumer (buyer) of energy. In recent years it has developed into a win-win solution for maintaining and building renewable energy assets without subsidies.

Statkraft is a leading supplier of short- and long-term power purchase agreements, also known as Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). In recent years, PPAs have evolved and taken new forms to ensure renewable energy growth.

Wind turbines

Power purchase agreements for producers

Generators of fluctuating renewable power need to ensure the profitability of the business. Renewable energy from wind and solar depends on natural conditions that vary widely. In addition, changes in supply and demand in wholesale energy markets are causing prices to fluctuate a lot.

Therefore, it can be difficult to predict the revenue from renewable production. Previously, this economic uncertainty has been reduced by subsidies or feed-in tariffs, which aimed to stimulate renewable energy growth. In a growing number of markets, such subsidy schemes have now or are nearing the end, as renewables become more and more competitive.

"There will be fewer and fewer subsidies or feed-in tariffs in the years to come. Investing in renewable plants will be easier and cheaper, but the need for predictable revenues remains the same. Renewable energy producers must ensure a consistent level of income to guarantee short- and long-term profitability for their plants, and banks and investors will continue to demand a certain level of income and planning security. We therefore expect the number of PPAs to increase in the future," says Patrick Koch, head of the Upstream Origination unit in Statkraft's Market and IT business area.

Additionally, by guaranteeing the revenues through PPAs, the financing of renewable plant projects outside of subsidy-regimes is enabled. This benefits the overall growth of renewables.

Solar panels

Power purchase agreements for large energy consumers

Industries and companies that supply power to businesses and households need to purchase energy at a predictable cost. Increasingly, PPAs for renewable energy are concluded.

"The reason is a combination of sustainability strategies and a desire to participate in the green shift," says Koch.

"Some buyers want production from renewable sources to actually match real-time consumption, and Statkraft provides planning certainty for fluctuating production," he adds.

Info graphics about PPAs

Win-win situation

The challenge in the market is that owners of renewable plants and power consumers do not have the same needs. One wants uninterrupted supply, the other can only sell power when it is produced – when the wind blows or the sun shines.

To resolve this conflict, Statkraft meets the needs of both parties:

  • Offering predictability and security of supply to consumers thanks to a large portfolio of power plants combining water, solar and wind to ensure a steady supply.
  • Providing financial predictability and security for plant owners through the ability to generate stable, predictable revenues.

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