Reliable power plant operation

Once again in 2012, the German power plant portfolio also made a major contribution to security of supply with further enhancement compared to the previous year and very good technical availability of around 87%. We also have sufficient ‘cold start-up’ power-plant capacities on standby to restart the grid again at any time in the very unlikely event of a blackout.

A portfolio of power stations that can be deployed flexibly is absolutely essential for the success of the energy transition. When the electricity fed into the grid system from renewables fluctuates, the flexible portfolio can supply electricity to meet increased demand, ensure reliable grid operation and hence deliver electricity on days when there is no wind or sunshine (see power-station projects in the area for action Climate Protection).