Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced plans to increase its purchase of electricity
from renewable energy sources in the coming years. Agreements for the supply
of green power from Nordsee
been signed by DB Energie GmbH (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn), innogy
SE, and RWE Supply & Trading.
Ost wind farm
is owned and operated by innogy SE. The plant was constructed around 35
kilometres to the north-east of the island of Heligoland. With 48 6.2M
126 Senvion wind turbines,
each with a rated power of 6.15 MW, the plant has a total installed capacity
of 295.2 MW. The turbines stand in water depths of up to 25m and
will produce sufficient power to supply the equivalent of about 320,000
The agreement is the first offshore wind Corporate Power Purchase Agreement
in Germany. The power is produced at the offshore wind farm for a fixed
price and is used directly by DB. RWE Supply & Trading acts as the
contract and retail partner. The contract will run for five years, beginning
in 2024. The supplied volume comprises 25 MW, which is equivalent to four
Deutsche Bahn has set itself even higher goals for the environment and
the climate with its new "Starke Schiene" corporate strategy.
By 2038, the entire rail power consumed by DB will be 100 percent green.
The company already covers over 57 percent of its energy requirements with
energy from renewables.
The share of green power in the rail power mix of DB is drawn from a portfolio
of renewable energy sources. For example, innogy's hydropower plants have
been supplying DB with around 900 million kilowatt hours of green power
annually since 2011. The company's annual energy requirement is around
ten terawatt hours, equivalent to the energy consumption of a city the
size of Hamburg.
Hans Bünting, COO Renewables innogy SE: "This is a win-win deal
for all parties involved. From 2024, Deutsche Bahn will run climate-friendly
trains with green electricity from our Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.
After the reduction of state subsidies, we are pleased to have agreed commercial
terms for the supply of electricity from the first turbines at our wind
farm and created scope for further investment in this way."
Andree Stracke, CCO RWE Supply & Trading explains: "RWE has
been supplying Deutsche Bahn for many years with green electricity from
hydropower stations. With this new agreement we want to contribute towards
our long-term partner achieving their ambitious climate protection targets.
Combining our expertise in industrial and municipal customers with the
producers of renewable energy offers both sides huge opportunities for
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