There is an on-going discussion in Germany in relation to security of supply in energy. The German government requires utilities to keep gas and coal fired plants open in order to ensure power supply, when there is a lull in variable wind or solar energy.  However, because most of these power plants (particularly those that are gas-fired) are under-utilised and trading at a loss (due to negative spark spread), utilities have called for the creation of a "capacity market", which would involve a capacity payment to remunerate operators for keeping plants open and available to generate (even if they are only utilised in demand peaks or when the wind is not blowing).

Germany's Economy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, has signalled that he will hold talks with stakeholders in the second half of this year, following the conclusion of the EEG reform.  This is positive news for utilities companies, who have been pushing for a capacity market in Germany for some time.