Roy L. Hayes - The ECOreport
The ECOreport looks at a European utility that claims to obtain more than 80% of its electricity from renewables. E.ON Leads Germany’s Renewable Grid
No other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads Germany’s Renewable Grid.
E.ON Uses 80% “Renewable” Electricity
“Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we invest more than €1 billion to expand our networks in Germany,” said Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland.
32 GW of the 96 GW of installed renewables capacity subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Law were connected to E.ON by the end of 2015.
The utility works with 100,000 facilities, subsidized under the Renewable Energy Law, in the North of Germany, They are connected to the company’s three network Avacon, E.DIS, and Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG.
“Every energy has its time, and the time for expanding offshore wind is definitely now. Offshore will be needed if we want to achieve the targets of the energy transition,” said E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen, at the recent launch of the offshore-wind farm Amrumbank West.
The utility is also connected to around 260,000 renewable-energy facilities in Bavaria, a large proportion of which are solar.
Fig. 32 Profile of the total installed power of wind turbines and photovoltaic plants in the 85-% scenario – What Will the Energy Transformation Cost?
This emphasis on renewables is not accidental. A recent study from Fraunhofer suggests that, for Germany to obtain 85% of its energy comes from renewables by 2050, they will need a mix of roughly “168 GW (onshore wind), 33 GW (offshore wind), 166 GW (photovoltaics), and approx. 159 GW (solar thermal energy for low- temperature heat).”