German energy company RWE is working to ensure the security of supply for German consumers and is taking necessary steps to identify power plants that can act as a reserve.
According to RWE’s annual report published today, the group wants to help ensure the reliability of energy supply in Germany even amid the crisis in Ukraine.
“To this end, we are studying which RWE power plants can be considered as additional standby capacity. We also help diversify gas purchases,” says RWE CEO Markus Krebber.
RWE already said last week that power plants in the Rhine coal fields, in particular, are under scrutiny.
Block “C” of the coal-fired power plant in Neurath will be partially disconnected from the grid at the end of the month.
The other two units have already been on standby since 2018 and could be up and running again within a few days.
As part of the coal phase-out, the Neurath B, Niederaussem C, and Weisweiler E coal-fired power plants will be shut down by year end.
Due to the new situation, they can also be considered a backup capacity for electricity generation. At the turn of the year, RWE wants to shut down Unit C of the nuclear power plant in Grundremmingen.