Deutsche Bahn Completes First Long-Term, Cross-Border Green Energy Contract

Deutsche Bahn (DB) continues to ramp up its green power supply by completing its first cross-border, long-term green electricity contract, known as the cross-border PPA.

Hydropower in Norway
Hydropower in Norway

In a 10-year agreement with the Norwegian state-owned energy company Statkraft, the Mågeli hydropower plant in southern Norway will supply DB with almost 190GWh of green electricity a year from 2023.

This has been made possible thanks to the North Sea cable Nordlink, which directly connected Norway and Germany’s electricity grids in April 2021.

This amount of green electricity will cover the energy requirements of around 40,000 trains in Germany every day for about a week.

DB currently covers more than 60% of its 10TWh annual traction power demand with renewable energies. It has a target of an 80% share of green electricity by 2030 and now plans for all DB traction current to be 100% green by 2038.

Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn, said:

“Ten years earlier than previously planned, Deutsche Bahn will be completely climate neutral by 2040. Our ambitious climate protection plans can currently hardly be covered solely with the available supply of green electricity in Germany. This contract is therefore of strategic importance ­– for both partners and for climate protection.”

More than 100,000 tons of annual CO2 savings and almost four days of sustainable rail traffic are set to come from two more green electricity contracts that DB has made in Germany.

For ten years from 2023, more than 90 gigawatt hours of hydropower from the Black Forest will be delivered to DB by RWE. Plus, as early as next year, 40GWh per year of green energy produced by wind turbines will be provided by Ane Energy.

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