Municipal utility of Munich adds wind power to portfolio

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The municipal utility of Munich in Bavaria, largely dependent on coal generation, is making determined moves to introduce wind energy into its generation portfolio. In cooperation deals with energy company EWE, which has its home territory in windy northwest Germany, and Deutsche Essent, a German subsidiary of the Dutch municipal energy company Essent, Stadtwerke Munich will develop, build and operate wind farms on land and offshore. In a first move with EWE, Stadtwerke Munich will participate in a 264 MW offshore wind station in the North Sea, known as Riffgat, in which EWE has been involved since 2004. The project is yet to be fully permitted. EWE is also participating in the German offshore test station, Alpha Ventus, to come on line in the North Sea later this year. Together with Essent, Stadtwerke München is drawing up a strategy for joint activities. Deutsche Essent, which acquired wind developer and operator Winkra back in 2002, has around 400 MW of wind capacity on land and intends to start construction of its permitted 400 MW Nordsee Ost offshore station in the North Sea in 2011.

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