More powerful pumped storage power plants are good for climate and environmental protection. They conserve valuable raw materials, reduce CO₂ emissions (e.g. by storing excess electricity from wind power and avoiding conventional generation in windless periods through refeeding), and help to avoid emissions. On the other hand, an infrastructure project such as the expansion of the Rudolf-Fettweis Plant represents a considerable encroachment on nature.
But one thing is for sure: In all our considerations, special attention is paid to the protected areas from the Forbacher Murgtal to the Schwarzwaldgrinden. We work closely together with experts to minimise interventions and create a suitable balance. Whether water protection areas or areas for nature conservation, landscape management, and forestry – with detailed environmental impact studies, EnBW devotes great attention to these important concerns. The expansion of the Rudolf-Fettweis Plant is intended to stand for holistic thinking and sustainable action in every respect.