Since January, the Group's yellow brand has been using a new tagline “More than you think” and operating only under the name Yello. The relaunch takes into account the brand's product portfolio that has been steadily growing over the years and which now extends far beyond electricity.
EnBW has bids accepted for three further solar parks
As part of the auction process, EnBW had its bids for three solar parks with a total capacity of 16 MW accepted in February by the Federal Network Agency. They include a project in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and two projects in Baden-Württemberg. The company is aiming to complete the solar parks by the middle of 2018.
In parallel to the conclusion of important energy supply contracts with two large industrial companies, EnBW started operating an Energy Networking Centre in Waldbronn in February. Alongside the buildings of the technology group Agilent Technologies Inc. and of the company Taller GmbH, the centre will also supply the outdoor pool and ice rink in the municipality with heating, cooling and electricity using smart networking. EnBW currently operates around 200 plants across Germany and is one of the leading suppliers of contracting services.
E-world 2017: EnBW presents itself as a certified provider for the entire smart meter gateway business
EnBW presented itself as one of the first certified suppliers of administration services for smart meter gateways at E-world in February. The ISO-27001 certification covers the provision of IT services and also the realisation of business processes for the installation, commissioning, configuration, administration and monitoring of smart meter gateways. The certificate was awarded by TÜV Austria Deutschland GmbH.
EnBW has bid accepted for 900 MW wind farm He Dreiht
EnBW was successful in the first German offshore wind auction and had its bid accepted in April for one of the largest offshore projects in Europe – He Dreiht in the North Sea. EnBW He Dreiht is one of the world's first offshore wind farms that will not receive any state funding and thus represents a milestone in the expansion of wind power. It is due to be connected to the grid in 2025.
The dismantling of nuclear power plants enters the next phase
The decommissioning and dismantling of the nuclear power plant blocks Philippsburg 1 (KKP1) and Neckarwestheim I (GKN I) began in the first half of the year. In parallel, five castor transports will be safely completed during the year. The transports – which involve moving spent fuel rods from Obrigheim via the Neckar river to the intermediate storage site in Neckarwestheim for secure storage – are completed in close consultation with the public.
Important steps in the expansion of the gas business
Following the full consolidation of VNG-Verbundnetz Gas, EnBW became the third largest gas supplier in Germany in May and thus achieved a further milestone in its gas strategy. VNG started work on the natural gas storage facility "Katharina" in Saxony-Anhalt in May. In order to strengthen the security of supply for Germany and the entire European market, the underground gas storage facility will have a storage volume of 614 million m³ when it is finally finished in 2024.
Investment decision made: the offshore wind farm EnBW Albatros will be constructed
In cooperation with the Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge Inc. (Enbridge), EnBW will construct the North Sea wind farm EnBW Albatros with a capacity of 112 MW. The investment volume of €1.8 billion means that this is one of the largest investment decisions made in the history of EnBW. As with the EnBW Hohe See (497 MW) offshore wind farm project agreed with Enbridge in December 2016, EnBW will be the majority shareholder. Both wind farms are due to be connected to the grid in 2019.
NE+ on the road to becoming a digital energy supplier
EnPower – the first digital billing and customer interaction platform – has been launched online for NaturEnergiePlus customers. The focus has been placed on simplification, improving efficiency, digitalisation and customisation. The aim is to launch EnPower for Yello in 2018 and for EnBW in 2019.
Onshore wind power: EnBW achieves commissioning record in September
In September, EnBW placed seven onshore wind farms into operation – more than ever before in just one month. The total of 21 onshore turbines with a hub height of between 134 and 164 metres have a total capacity of 70 MW. After total onshore expansion of more than 200 MW in 2017, EnBW is now one of the top 3 developers and operators of onshore wind farms in Germany.
TransnetBW submits application for direct current converter
In October, the transmission system operator TransnetBW submitted its approval application for the construction of the SuedLink converter at the site in Leingarten. The converter has been designed to convert direct current transported from Schleswig-Holstein to Baden-Württemberg via an around 700 kilometre-long underground cable into alternating current. This will be fed into the existing transport grid at the Großgartach substation (municipality of Leingarten). SuedLink is (alongside ULTRANET) one of the planned direct current power lines designed to transport electricity generated from renewable energies in northern Germany to the south.
At the international Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS 30) in October, one of the most important sector meeting places for the entire electromobility industry, EnBW presented its EnBW mobility+ app and other new products in the area of e-mobility. For example, the EnBW mobility+ charging card makes it possible to recharge electric vehicles at more than 8,000 charging points throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The continuous expansion of quick-charging stations was also pushed forward in 2017. A total of 120 service stations operated by Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH were equipped with quick-charging stations by the end of the year.