Lignite electricity and nuclear power are provided by RWE Power. RWE Nuclear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RWE AG and operates RWE Power AG, manages the nuclear segment; where wind and sun are not available, conventional energy sources generate electricity in a confident way. It makes the Rhenish mining district and RWE Nuclear power plants the cornerstone of Germany’s supply stability. They are still needed for many years as they transition from solar and wind to electricity is a long process.
In January 2019 the Final Report of the German Federal Government Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment was presented. The paper stipulates that coal electricity will end in Germany no later than 2038. This decision would impact significantly on the Rhenish mining area, where approximately half of the lignite for power generation is mined in Germany. There is Europe’s biggest closed lignite deposit. RWE Power employs a total of around 9,000 hectares and almost 100 million tons of lignite per year at its mining and power stations.
In its 57-MW Morcone project in Italy, which is the biggest wind farm developer in the country, RWE Renewables has begun full operations.
The project, which comprises 19 Vestas 3 MW turbines, is located in the mountainous area around Benevento, in Campania.
Building work began in 2018 and last summer part of the project was energized. “Italy is one of the key wind energy markets we have. We are happy to contribute to this growth,” said Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, Chief Executive Officer, RWE Renewables.
“The Morcone website is another step towards consolidating our leading renewable energy producer role,” she said.
This site is the fifteenth operator of the country’s wind farm and works at 440MW.
At its next Alcamo project in Sicily, RWE said it already started construction works.