EnBW currently operates and maintains a total of 67 run-of-river and pumped storage power plants – particularly on the Rhine, the Iller, and the Neckar, as well as smaller rivers throughout Baden-Württemberg. There are also numerous shareholdings and contracts for electricity purchases outside the domestic market of Baden-Württemberg. These account for a significant share of our hydropower portfolio.
Today, there are hardly any locations for new large hydroelectric power plants in Germany. Therefore, in order to increase production, we are replacing, expanding, and modernising our existing facilities. In Rheinfelden, a new power plant with four times the capacity replaced the old plant in 2011. The Iffezheim (Rhine) power plant became the largest run-of-river power plant in Germany with the addition of a fifth turbine.
Growth strategy abroad
Our growth strategy in the renewables segment also includes seizing opportunities in other markets. In Switzerland, we are already one of the leading operators of hydropower plants through investment models. In particular, we see great potential for successfully implementing our strategy in Turkey. Together with our Turkish partner Borusan, we are pursuing the goal of establishing 2,000 MW of installed capacity from wind and hydropower.