Westfalen power plant
The Westfalen power plant with its units A und B (together 320 MW) started generating power in 1963. In order to meet the steadily rising demand for electricity, above all in industry, unit C, with a capacity of 305 MW, went on stream in 1969.
February 2011 saw units A and B going permanently off stream. In their period of operation, they generated nearly 100,000,000,000 kWh – an amount great enough to supply all homes in North Rhine-Westphalia with electric energy for more than three years. At the location, unit C continues to produce electricity from hard coal with shares of substitute fuels, like solid recovered fuels. In addition, RWE Generation has a new-build project at its Westfalen location: the new units D and E with a total capacity of 1,600 megawatts. At a net efficiency of 46 percent, they reduce CO2 emissions compared to older plants by 2.5 million tonnes per year. Unit E began commercial operations at the beginning of July 2014.