„The cross-state WindNODE consortium project rightly shows that the energy transition can only succeed if the regions work shoulder to shoulder: smart renewable generation and flexible yet reliable consumption are the cornerstones of our strong and future-oriented energy region."
Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin
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Energy transition in the capital
With the Berlin Energy Transition Act, Berlin set itself the ambitious target of becoming climate neutral by 2050. The main focus is the transformation into a decentralised, flexible, renewable, secure and socially accepted energy supply in Berlin that combines electricity, heat and mobility and lets citizens take part in its success through affordable energy, participation and codetermination. An important contribution is made by the already swiftly progressing decarbonisation of the energy supply. Lignite-fired electricity production was already ended in 2017, and coal is being phased out by reforming generation by 2030 while maintaining the same security of supply for electricity and district heating. The newly established utility Berliner Stadtwerke provides impulses for more photovoltaic panels on Berlin’s rooftops and the use of solar power, in particular for public properties. Furthermore, citizens are able to actively participate in the energy transition through tenant electricity models offered by various suppliers. Berlin is also aware of its role as an equally dependable and innovative energy consumer in an area where renewable generation often exceeds the energy demand. With smart energy technology solutions for an offer and demand oriented distribution that integrates storage, load flexibilisation and sector coupling, also by electrifying urban traffic, the metropolis decisively contributes to the success of an energy supply that increasingly relies on renewable energy sources in the entire region.
The cross-regional WindNODE consortium was initiated by experts in energy industry and energy technology as well as in science and research of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Technology Cluster. The underlying reason was that the technical, economic and social challenges of the energy transition by way of smart energy system management can only be overcome in a sensible manner across state borders and by acknowledging the regional interdependencies of a renewable energy supply. The Berlin Senate gives its express support to the approach of the WindNODE consortium to establish a smart interconnection between numerous specific energy transition projects, ranging from renewable generation over distribution to the innovative use of energy. In doing so, it documents how the energy transition can succeed in a technically feasible and economically sensible manner.
More information can be found at: https://www.berlin.de/sen/wirtschaft/en/
"I am pleased that thanks to WindNODE, we have exciting energy transition ‘hotspots’ in the city that show how cities can make a decisive contribution to the success of the energy transition through digitisation, sector coupling and participation."
Ramona Pop, Senator Berlin
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