Deutsche Bahn is to increase the amount of electricity it acquires from renewable energy sources and has signed a power purchase agreement to buy green power from the Nordsee Ost offshore windfarm
The contract will run for five years, beginning in 2024 and will provide 25 MW electricity, or four wind turbines of the type installed on the windfarm. This is 8% of total production of the 295-MW windfarm. The agreement was signed by DB Energie, innogy and RWE Supply & Trading.
Deutsche Bahn is already the largest green-power consumer in Germany and has set itself even higher goals under its ‘Starke Schiene’ strategy. By 2038, all power consumed by DB will be 100% green. The company already acquires more than 57% of its energy from renewables. Other sources it uses include hydropower. The company’s annual energy requirement is around 10 terawatt hours, equivalent to the energy consumption of a city the size of Hamburg.
innogy SE chief operating officer Hans Bünting said, “This is a win-win deal for all parties involved. From 2024, Deutsche Bahn will run climate-friendly trains with green electricity from Nordsee Ost. After the reduction of state subsidies, we are pleased to have agreed commercial terms for supplying electricity from the first turbines at our windfarm and created scope for further investment in this way.”