„Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is a strong renewable energy player. Today, we already mainly export wind power, both onshore and offshore, and as such make an important contribution to the energy transition. In order to continue to successfully push the energy transition forward, we have to integrate renewables into the energy system with even greater efficiency, especially in view of fluctuations in generation and grid congestion due to high feed-in. This makes the WindNODE partner project so important and exciting."
Manuela Schwesig, Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Foto: Susi Knoll
Energy transition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The development of renewable energy, along with energy efficiency, is a central pillar of the energy transition.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was the first federal state to already cover its electricity demand with renewable energy since 2013, mathematically speaking. Nevertheless, it is not enough to just produce electricity. In order to supply the state exclusively or at least predominantly from volatile energy sources in the future, storage technologies and other solutions are needed. The energy transition therefore requires a transformation of the entire system.
In addition, as a federal state with already over 70 per cent of electricity generated from renewable sources, we also seek to make the energy transition a mobility and heating transition as well and further the interconnection between the traffic, heating and electricity sectors. Sector coupling opens the way to link economic growth to climate protection and realize the energy transition as a fully integrated concept.
An important target of the energy policy of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania consists in becoming an export state for renewable energy. That is why a common showcase region that connects the load and generation centres of north-eastern Germany with smart regional power concepts is particularly exciting for us. By realising innovative pilot projects, a blueprint can be created in our state for a comprehensive and sustainable energy transition in all sectors.
Furthermore, for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the digitisation of the energy industry is probably one of the greatest economic opportunities with regard to industrial development. Smart energy supply systems create well-paid jobs for highly qualified employees and at the same time form an important driver for the state’s economy.
For the energy transition to succeed, close cooperation between all stakeholders is necessary: energy consumers, economy, politics, associations and last but not least research and development experts.
We want to make the energy transition a reality in order to create a viable future for our children.