Energy trading ensures central access to the wholesale markets for electricity, gas and fuels. As a partner on equal terms, we use our services and expertise to help our customers integrate their systems into the market – in the area of direct marketing, for example. With the energy transition in mind, we are driving the expansion of pumped storage power plants. Depending on the weather and time of day, they can store the energy generated from wind and sun in the form of hydropower and feed it back into the grid if necessary, making a valuable contribution when it comes to successfully integrating renewable energies into our complex power grid.
We are safely dismantling our nuclear power plants. We started in Obrigheim back in 2005 and have been able to gain extensive experience since then. For some years now, we have also been gradually dismantling the two nuclear power plants in Philippsburg and Neckarwestheim. Our last nuclear power plant currently in operation is GKN II in Neckarwestheim. It will be shut down by no later than the end of 2022. We are optimizing our power plants that run on fossil fuels such as coal or gas based on considerations relating to carbon emissions. We will have gradually taken our coal power plants out of operation by 2035. In recent years, we have already decommissioned 2,600 megawatts of power from our coal power plants or transferred them under the terms of the Reserve Power Plant Regulation. For some of our plants we are examining the possibility of a fuel switch to more climate-friendly gases, enabling us to immediately reduce carbon emissions.
As a bridge to the “renewable future,” we are essentially relying on natural gas. With the construction of the new gas power plant in Stuttgart-Gaisburg, for example, we have considerably cut carbon emissions at the site.