innogy: The green energy business with a blueprint for a low carbon future

innogy: The green energy business with a blueprint for a low carbon future

Transforming our energy system into a low carbon one is no easy task, but a German utility company has developed a business model already reaping the benefits of a greener economy.

innogy SE responds to the biggest trends transforming the energy sector worldwide: decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation.

It is clear that we have to set the course for systemic change in view of the 2050 climate change targets, 

said Holger Gassner, Head of Strategy, Technology, Markets and Regulatory Affairs at innogy’s Renewables segment.

With renewable energy, smart grids and innovative solutions for our customers, we want to set standards for the energy transition and far beyond.

The company offers their customers innovative and sustainable energy products and services to help them use power more efficiently. In 2016 they had an external revenue of EUR 44 billion.

They are also creating the conditions for more renewables to enter the grid, a challenge standing in the way of the transition away from fossil fuels. They own more than 3.7 gigawatts of clean energy generation capacity with their core markets in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Poland, while they also plan to expand outside Europe, for example, to the US.

If the energy transition is to be a success all sectors need to increase energy efficiency and need to use more renewable energy,

said Gassner.

By 2019 they intend to invest between EUR 6.5 billion up to EUR 7 billion across innogy. In this way, they are making a further contribution to the development of a decentralised, renewable energy system in Europe. Currently, they are involved in 10 new projects, mostly wind projects, with a capacity of about 900 megawatts.

In total, innogy has more than 40 000 employees in 16 countries across Europe who are not only creating and driving innovations, but also developing themselves to new horizons.  For example, some of the 50 service technicians, engineers and nautical personnel working at their Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm once worked in coal- and gas-fired power stations.

We are looking for pioneers who create a sustainable future with courage, passion and creativity,

said Gassner.


Green worker profile

Henning Joswig, Senior Manager at innogy’s Strategy and Technology

I started out as a mining engineer at RWE, working in some of the biggest open pit coal mines in Europe,

said Henning.

Now I work in a totally different approach to power generation.

Henning started his career in RWE in 1999 and over the years grew more interested in reducing emissions and so he sought to work on some more environmental aspects in the company. Today he works for innogy’s Strategy and Technology department where he is developing innovative future energy systems and storage applications, key technologies needed to unlock the potential of renewable energies.

It’s very important to break down the barriers and change mindsets, but our top management did a great job, 

said Henning.

It’s now possible for staff to contribute to innovative paths of the company, even if you are not directly involved in them.


Interesting facts & figures

  • innogy currently supplies reliable energy to around 16 million power customers and seven million gas customers in eleven European countries.
  • innogy are among the top wind operators in Europe.
  • They are also the largest electricity provider by volume in Germany.
  • Heliatek, a German technology company that innogy is a major shareholder in, extends its HeliaFilm® manufacturing capacity by one million square meter per year
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