RWE and Deutsche Bahn signed a long-term supply contract today for electricity from hydropower. Over 15 years, RWE will supply Deutsche Bahn with electricity generated by RWE Innogy's hydroelectric power plants in Germany. RWE Innogy is the RWE subsidiary for
Dr Jürgen Großmann, CEO RWE, and Dr Rüdiger Grube, CEO DB AG
"Electromobility is one of the key topics of our time – Deutsche Bahn has been doing it for decades. Now RWE is generating electricity for Deutsche Bahn in our own hydropower plants at the rivers Mosel, Saar, Rhine, Ruhr and Rur. We are supplying a long-standing, important customer with large volumes of electricity from renewables, which is proof that we are well positioned in this area. And we will continue to grow. By 2013 alone, we will have invested just under Euro 4 billion in expanding our capacity from renewables. In doing so, RWE is making a substantial contribution to ensuring that our electricity mix will be sustainable", said Dr. Juergen Grossmann, CEO of RWE.
Dr. Ruediger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, highlighted: "Climate protection is very important to us, because trains are like no other form of transport in their representation of environmentally friendly mobility. We are pleased that, together with RWE, we will be ensuring that the power for our trains will be greener and thus we will be able to further reduce CO2 emissions. This brings us much closer to our vision of a complete shift to renewable energy sources for our railway power supply."
Overall, annual electricity supply to Deutsche Bahn is around 900 GWh (900 million kilowatthours). This amount is sufficient to supply around 250,000 households with electricity annually or to run around one-third of the long distance train fleet (ICE and IC) for one year. Through certified proofs of origin, RWE guarantees that their hydropower plants will feed the quantity of electricity into the grid required for the physical supply of electricity to Deutsche Bahn. This is because electricity that is produced from renewables is physically indistinguishable from conventional electricity, and through guarantees of origin, the green electricity that is fed into the grid from a renewable source can be assigned to a particular consumer.