Energy generator Statkraft and Enovos, which holds the electricity supply contract with Daimler, have reached a long-term, 100% green power supply agreement on an industrial scale in Germany.
Under this agreement, a large share of the electricity supplied to the Daimler sites will be generated by German solar, wind and hydroelectric power plants. Statkraft will generate the remaining quantities at its hydropower plants.
The wind power will be supplied from plants whose support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) expires after 2020 and with that can continue to operate. In addition, subsidy-free solar projects are to be built in Germany and the electricity generated there will be used to supply Daimler. Electricity supplied from German hydropower plants will complement the comprehensive green power package.
“To generate green electricity exactly when it is needed is a major challenge that can only be met with considerable flexibility in generation. Our flexible hydropower plants complement the fluctuating power generation from wind and solar so that a 100% renewable power supply is guaranteed at all times,” explains Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, chief executive officer of Statkraft. “We are proud to offer this innovative concept to an outstanding industrial company – a solution that will reduce CO2 emissions and enable Daimler to achieve their climate goals. This combination of size and sources are unique in Germany to date.”
Enovos is responsible for the entire energy management process, including physical delivery, balancing group management, billing, grid usage, consumption forecasts and hedging of green electricity quantities.
Daimler, Enovos and Statkraft already took the first step together in December 2018 towards implementing a CO2-neutral energy supply for the German Mercedes-Benz Cars plants. The power purchase agreement enables Mercedes-Benz Cars to source electricity from wind farms in Germany. Until now, the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) guaranteed wind farm operators a fixed subsidized remuneration for the electricity generated. From Jan. 1, 2021, this subsidy will expire for about 6,000 German wind turbines. Power purchase agreements can ensure that these plants continue to operate.
Per a press release, it has been agreed not to disclose the contractual details.