The electricity generation and trading segment is vital to the earnings situation of the group. EnBW supplies and advises some six million customers and achieved energy sales totalling 185.5 billion kWh in 2009. This makes it the third largest energy supplier in Germany with generated annual revenue in excess of € 15 billion in 2009.
EnBW stands for progress and competition on the energy market. Supported by its deep roots in Baden-Württemberg, EnBW aims to use its well-balanced business portfolio to become one of the leading European energy groups in the future. Customer-orientation is our guiding principle. In a fierce competitive environment, EnBW intends to convince its customers with a range of attractive and innovative products. The aim is to generate a positive value added and to maintain financial stability. This safeguards the company’s future sustainability. For EnBW, safeguarding the future additionally means consistently promoting climate protection. We intend to increase the share of renewable energies in our own generation portfolio to 20% by 2020.
Research, development and innovation are becoming more and more important, not least in implementing climate protection targets. EnBW considers its activities in this area extremely important in order to meet requirements for an environmentally friendly, safe and reasonably priced supply of energy going forward. The aims pursued are to:
EnBW is the first energy supply company in Germany to use intelligent meters, rolling these out at customers in the autumn of 2008. This idea has since developed further, with the first 100 of a total of 1,000 test households taking part in the “MeRegio” (Minimum Emission Region) research project in early November 2009. The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics within the framework of the “E-Energy” tender. By connecting local energy producers (e.g. photovoltaic plants, block CHP units), storage media (e.g. batteries, electric vehicles, heat accumulators) and points (e.g. household devices, heat pumps) to a smart grid, the aim is to make the use of energy more efficient and to reduce CO2 emissions for an entire region. The central communication unit between the consumption point and the energy supplier is the intelligent electricity meter provided to all test households.
In the field of electromobility, EnBW has set up the first charging stations as part of a pilot project encompassing an initiative sponsored by the federal government to carry out research into electromobility. This is part of the project to develop Stuttgart as a model region. An additional measure will involve providing electric scooters to the city’s authorities. A further 500 electric scooters will then be in use after 2010. The objective is to carry out widescale research into use patterns and to test the integration in intelligent energy management. These findings can be used to develop the infrastructure, charging stations and payment systems for the future.
EnBW assumes responsibility for climate and environmental protection. Numerous innovations and investments make it possible for us to provide reliable, efficient and climate-friendly energy supplies. EnBW is the first and still the only German energy group to have a certified environmental management system. The ISO 14001 certification has been extended on an ongoing basis over the last few years. By December 2009, 23 companies had been certified. The integration of all EnBW companies with environment-related facilities and activities into the group-wide environmental management system will be completed by the end of 2010.