Monday, 20 September 2021
REWE Group, one of Germany's leading food retailers, has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Ørsted to procure 100 MW of green electricity from Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm which is set to become operational in 2025.
Having procured electricity from renewable energy sources since 2008, the agreement with Ørsted represents REWE Group's largest renewable energy offtake agreement to date and makes REWE Group the first German food retailer to purchase electricity from an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
The 100 MW of green power from Borkum Riffgrund 3 equals the power consumption of 1,500 REWE stores. REWE Group has a goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040.
"Our goal is to become climate neutral by 2040," said Lionel Souque, CEO of REWE Group. "It is obviously an ambitious goal. But it is also a goal that we will achieve. We must achieve it because energy plays a strategic role in our business: We are a green power pioneer in the German food retail sector. Our stores have been completely using power produced from renewable sources since 2008. Offshore wind energy has tremendous potential. We will take another step towards climate neutrality by using the first green power generated from the North Sea."