Erfurt/Dresden. WSB Neue Energien Holding GmbH and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG want to work closely together in the future on the development of wind energy projects in Thuringia and thus jointly contribute to pushing forward the German Energiewende in partnership with local authorities and residents. The two companies have signed a cooperation agreement for this purpose.
“We are very pleased to have secured a cooperation partner in WSB who is firmly rooted in the region and whose activities and expertise complement our own extremely well. We aim to work hand in hand in the future on selected environmentally friendly wind energy projects in Thuringia that will benefit citizens and communities equally,” emphasised Alexandra Weber, Head of the EnBW Branch in Erfurt.
“In particular, we bring two decades of expertise in the securing of sites and the management of planning and approval processes to the partnership”, commented Annett Rötschke, Head of Business Cooperation at WSB. “We now have a renowned energy supply company at our side in EnBW, who we are pleased to support in the further expansion of its electricity generation capacities from renewable energies.”
The WSB Neue Energien Group is one of the leading full-service suppliers for renewable energy projects and has erected more than 400 wind and photovoltaic power plants since 1996. The integration of local stakeholders is at the forefront of its activities – WSB has thus also been certified with the “Partner for Fair Wind Energy” quality seal as of this year by the “Wind Energy Service Centre” (Servicestelle Windenergie) in Thuringia. The company is currently working on wind energy projects with a capacity of around 200 MW from its regional office in Erfurt. A 14.4 MW wind farm is currently being built in the Nordhausen district.
EnBW plans to expand renewable energies to make them one of the main pillars of its business by 2020. In this context, the further expansion of onshore wind power also plays a central role. The aim is to expand onshore wind power from its current level of around 250 megawatts to 1000 megawatts in the next four years. EnBW is currently engaged in the approval process for onshore projects with an overall capacity of more than 500 megawatts. We expect the approvals for at least 300 megawatts to be issued before the end of 2016. Projects in Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt have been handled for the last year by the Erfurt branch, where a dedicated team of eight employees has been working on the development, construction and operation of onshore projects. EnBW also received the “Partner for Fair Wind Energy Thuringia” quality seal this year and has thus voluntarily committed itself to adhere to the guidelines set by the Thuringia State Government for the fair expansion of wind energy in the state.
You can find further information about the EnBW onshore projects at: https://www.enbw.com/unternehmen/konzern/energieerzeugung/erneuerbare-energien/windkraft-an-land/index.html