Karlsruhe. The EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG management board has initiated the concrete preliminary planning for two new power plants and, for this purpose, released eight-figure funds. These power plants are due to replace nuclear power plants that are scheduled to expire. Moreover, there are to increase the power generation capacities of the EnBW in its home state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In the medium term, the EnBW wants to invest a single digit billion sum for the new power plants. Against this background, the company welcomes the current considerations of the state government to improve the general framework for power generation in the state.
Hard coal or natural gas is the primary energy source that is being considered for the new power plants with the specific design of the power plants to be optimized according to site-specific criteria. A final decision, however, has to be based on the further price development in the primary energy markets as well as the newly developed trade of emission certificates.
Currently, Karlsruhe and Heilbronn appear to be the preferred potential locations. “Our strategies focus on Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is a clear commitment to the region. This is where our roots are and where the core of our business lies. Since I took office, we have always kept our promises; this must and will apply especially to our investments in Baden-Wuerttemberg “, says the CEO of EnBW Prof. Dr. Utz Claassen.
The power plant strategies of the EnBW aim for the long term and for sustainability. That way they are uncoupled from current political discussions and speculations about the energy mix of the future. The EnBW’s strategies focus primarily on Baden-Wuerttemberg but do not exclude additional locations in Germany and Europe. This, according to the CEO, is a logical consequence to protect its interests and development options, especially for a dynamic company that is firmly rooted in its home region.