* Installations set to rise to move to low-carbon energy
* Green power output could nearly double between 2011 and
* Local utilities call for better market integration
FRANKFURT, Nov 15 Germany's capacity to generate
power from renewable energy sources should rise to 111 gigawatts
(GW) in 2017, a 38 percent increase over estimated 2013 levels,
Germany's transmission firms said on Thursday.
The data came as part of reporting obligations by the four
leading high voltage network operators (TSOs), which serve to
gauge supply security and related costs in a subsidised sector
increasingly imposing run-away costs on consumers.
The estimates showed that out of the 2017 capacity total,
wind power onshore and offshore would total 47 GW, solar power
capacity 55 GW and the rest would be contributed by others such
as hydro power, biomass and geothermal energy.
This total 2017 capacity could likely generate 203 terawatt
hours of power in that year, 51 percent more than the 134 TWh
forecast for 2013 and nearly double the amount recorded in 2011,
the firms said in a statement.
The four high voltage grid operators include EnBW's
TransnetBW as well as 50Hertz, the former unit of Vattenfall
Europe, TenneT, formerly belonging to E.ON
and Amprion, which used to be owned by RWE.
They commissioned independent experts to consider
installation forecasts and to extrapolate production volumes and
payments from the outcomes in recent years.
The government's decision to switch off nuclear power faster
than planned in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011
has led to a growing need for alternative energy, which
translates into rising charges for users.
Under German law, green power must be fed into the
electricity grid and accrue above-market rates in a system
partly administered by the TSOs.
The data showed that a third of the total power produced
would still receive subsidies under Germany's feed-in tariff
laws in 2017, although a decrease in that number is intended as
market prices are meant to replace funding.
By 2017 taxpayers are expected to cough up 13.3 billion
euros ($16.93 billion) of fixed tariffs paid directly to
renewables operators, plus 12.6 billion paid indirectly as a
reward for those marketing their green power themselves.
Local utility association VKU said the direct payments
prevented green power from being integrated into the
"This is why we urgently need renewable energy to take
responsibility (for)...supply security," said VKU's managing
director, Hans-Joachim Reck, in a comment.
Subsidies levied on German consumers to support green power
will rise 47 percent next year to 5.3 cents per kilowatt hour
(kWh), TSOs said in October.
The surcharge for 2014 will likely remain stable in a range
between 4.89 cents and 5.74 cents/kWh, documents from the TSOs
had shown on Wednesday.
($1 = 0.7856 euros)
(Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Keiron Henderson)