Wind power for German trains

Deutsche Bahn, innogy and RWE Supply & Trading signed a power purchase agreement with offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost for the supply of green power.
Under the five-year agreement, beginning in 2024, a volume of 25 megawatts will be supplied, which is the equivalent of four wind turbines. This represents 8% of the total production of the wind farm, which consists of 48 turbines with a total of 295 megawatts.
The power is produced at the offshore wind farm for a fixed price and is used directly by Deutsche Bahn. RWE Supply & Trading acts as the contract and retail partner.
DB is the largest green-power consumer in Germany, and it has set itself even higher goals for the environment and the climate with its new “Starke Schiene” 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 broad portfolio. For example, innogy 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.

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