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City of Munich: pioneer in renewable energy


Run-of-river power plant on the Isar, the river flowing through Munich. source www.swm.de
Run-of-river power plant on the Isar, the river flowing through Munich. source www.swm.de

Since May 2015, SWM (Stadtwerke München GmbH, the paramunicipal organization managing the city infrastructures) produces as much green electricity in its own plants as all private households, the underground and the tramway of Munich are consuming. By 2025, the Stadtwerke München intend to produce as much electricity from renewable energies as all of Munich consumes, including industry and businesses. Munich will be the first town with over a million inhabitants worldwide to reach this goal.

SWM started their program for the extension of renewable energies in 2008 with a budget of 9 billion euros. As soon as the upcoming projects will be finished and put into service, SWM will dispose of a producing capacity of 3,5 billion kWh of green electricity within their own plants. This already equals 50% of the total electricity consumption of Munich.

Apart from water, geothermal, sun and biomass energy, wind power is playing the key role in the strategy of SWM, since it is the most cost-efficient of all renewable energies.

At present, SWM operates 21 solar panels (including a solar thermal collector), 13 hydroelectric power stations, a biogas plant, a biogas treatment plant, two geothermal power stations and a wind power station in the greater Munich area. Other solar-, wind- and hydroelectric power stations are in the planning stages. Electricity will be fed in the grid where it is produced to avoid loss-generating long-distance transports.

Source: www.swm.de