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Innogy comments on integrating renewables into the grid

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The expansion of plants for the generation of renewable energy has continued to increase in recent years. This development celebrates the ‘Renewable Energy Day’ around April 26th every year.

Wind farms on land or at sea, photovoltaic and biogas plants deliver more than 42% of gross electricity consumption in Germany. In order for electricity to be used efficiently, intelligent distribution networks are required.

“Today, more than 1.8 million plants for the generation of renewable energy are connected to the distribution network - around 200 000 of them at Westnetz alone. The distribution network is the central nervous system of the energy industry. Because, in the past, electricity only flowed from the power plant to the consumer, today more and more consumers are feeding electricity into the grid themselves. In order to be able to control these energy flows efficiently, in addition to expanding the networks, we will need more intelligence in the network,” stated Katherina Reiche, Managing Director of innogy Westenergie.

For more than 20 years, the ‘Day of Renewable Energies’ has focused on plant operators, citizens' initiatives, Agenda 21 groups and companies that promote the expansion of renewable energies and sustainable energy supply. The day serves as a forum for current questions and developments on climate protection. The day also commemorates the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986.

“By digitsing our grids, we are creating the conditions for using electricity wherever possible. We are testing this, for example, in the SmartQuart real laboratory, where we want to prove in the next few years that a sustainable and climate-neutral energy supply at local level is already technically and economically possible today. By intelligently integrating decentralised and climate-friendly energy solutions, we create the conditions for the energy transition to succeed,” commented Reiche.

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