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Deutsche Bahn secures green electricity

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 23/08/2023 enbw

Frankfurt/Karlsruhe. Clean power for clean mobility: From 2026, green electricity generated from North Sea wind turbines will make the traction power mix in Germany even greener. For 15 years, EnBW’s “He Dreiht” offshore wind farm will supply around 20 megawatts (MW) of green electricity annually to Deutsche Bahn.

With the amount of electricity provided from this, the entire German traction power network can be supplied for three days. To this end, DB Group subsidiary DB Energie and the Karlsruhe-based energy company EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA). By procuring power from the “He Dreiht” wind farm, Deutsche Bahn will be reducing its annual carbon emissions by up to 60,000 metric tons in the future.


Torsten Schein, CEO of DB Energie GmbH: “Deutsche Bahn will be climate-neutral by 2040. In order to get there, we will be switching to entirely renewable energy sources for the traction power by 2038. DB is already Germany’s biggest user of green electricity. With the clean power procured from the “He Dreiht” wind farm, we are now taking another important step toward restructuring our energy portfolio and getting ever closer to achieving our goal.”


Dr. Georg Stamatelopoulos, Board Member for Sustainable Generation Infrastructure at EnBW: “The parallels between EnBW and Deutsche Bahn are remarkable: As operators of central infrastructures, we share a common responsibility for society and are pursuing the same goal of achieving a carbon-free energy future. Promoting a sustainable energy supply and mobility concept is an essential part of our agenda. We are delighted to be able to use our ‘He Dreiht’ offshore wind farm to drive this agenda with a partner like Deutsche Bahn.”


Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are central to securing and financing non-state-funded renewable energy projects on the market. These long-term industrial partnerships thus play a key role in the rapid expansion of renewable energy capacity.
Work will begin in 2024 on building EnBW’s “He Dreiht” wind farm about 90 kilometers northwest of Borkum and around 110 kilometers west of Helgoland and it will enter operation at the end of 2025.


EnBW secured the contract in the first offshore tendering process in Germany with a zero-cent bid in 2017 and is now investing around 2.4 billion euros in the offshore wind farm.


The plan is to install 64 latest-generation Vestas turbines. With a rated output of 15 MW, the turbines are among the most powerful currently available on the market. Equipped with these, the wind farm will have a total installed generation capacity of 960 MW, making it one of the largest energy transition projects in Europe. Upon completion, EnBW will take on the technical and commercial management of the wind farm and perform all maintenance and servicing tasks.


DB already covers more than 65 percent of its traction power needs with renewables – way above the figure for the public green electricity mix in Germany, which currently lies below 50 percent. All DB traction power will be 100 percent green by 2038. To achieve this aim, the group subsidiary DB Energie is fundamentally restructuring its portfolio of contract power plants and supply contracts. Renewables are gradually and systematically replacing fossil fuels. To this end, DB Energie is building up a so-called mixed portfolio for its traction power needs: The contract terms, energy sources, feed-in regions, contractual partners and pricing are mixed in order to guarantee continuous security of supply within the traction power network.



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