Your settings for cookies and pixels on

Select which cookies and pixels we are allowed to use. Please note that some cookies are necessary for technical reasons and must be enabled in order to maintain the functionality of our website. If you would like to benefit from every service on our website, please consider that you need to choose every cookie category. For more information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

    • Maintain the stability of the website.
    • Save your log-in data.
    • Allow to improve the user experience.
    • They provide advertisements that are relevant to your interests.
    • They allow you to share interesting content directly with your social media network.

You can change your cookie and pixel settings on at any time via our Privacy Policy.


Show Details
Select all Confirm selection

Deutsche Bahn on track for hydropower from RWE

Essen/ Frankfurt a. M., 25 July 2011, RWE AG This pressinformation is more than two years old

  • RWE and Deutsche Bahn sign long-term contract
  • Significant contribution to Deutsche Bahn's goal of 100 percent electricity from renewables

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
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 CO 2 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.

Additional information as links:
RWE hydropower stations
: This pressinformation is more than two years old