Investment in supply reliability: Wuhletal substation put into operation
Electricity for 65,000 households and 3,300 commercial customers in East Berlin
29 November 2023
The Wuhletal substation in the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf: is one of the most modern in Berlin’s power grid. Following a construction period of around six years, the plant was put into operation today (29 November) by district mayor Nadja Zivkovic and Stromnetz Berlin managing director Dr Erik Landeck. The facility near the urban rail and underground stations of the same name secures the power supply for around 65,000 households and 3,300 commercial customers. Stromnetz Berlin has invested a total of around 23 million euros in the substation. The substation is one of 71 in Berlin and, thanks to modern measurement and control technology, helps to avoid grid disruptions in the district and to reconnect customers even faster in the event of a power failure in the region.
“Our district has been growing for years,” says Nadja Zivkovic, district mayor of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. “And it’s great if the infrastructure grows and is modernised with it. It’s not just private homes that need a stable energy supply for resource-saving heat pumps, for instance, but the commercial and industrial sectors in the district also need a stable power grid to support and supply us on a daily basis.”
“The new substation allows us to increase supply reliability and the capacity of our grid in the district so that we can connect and reliably supply heat pumps and charging stations, for instance, as well as new customers in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. I would like to thank the local residents in particular, who have shown a great amount of patience and understanding for our construction project over the past few months,” said Dr Erik Landeck, Chairman of the Management Board of Stromnetz Berlin. “In doing so, they, too, have contributed to making the power supply in Berlin safer and more efficient.”
Over the coming years, Stromnetz Berlin expects the power grid required in the city to double to more than four gigawatts due to the conversion of heat supply and the expansion of e-mobility. To this end, the distribution system operator is to invest around two billion euros in its grid over the next five years. In addition to the Wuhletal substation, other new substations are currently being built in Neukölln’s Rollberg district and on Voltairestrasse near Alexanderplatz.
Photo: Nadja Zivkovic (l.), district mayor of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Dr. Erik Landeck Chairman of the Management Board of Stromnetz Berlin.
Photo Credit: Stromnetz Berlin/Andreas Friese. Free of charge for editorial purposes.