Vattenfall Says Goodbye to Stromnetz Berlin
For more than twenty years, Vattenfall has been the operator of Germany's largest electricity distribution grid in Berlin. This chapter is now coming to an end, and Stromnetz Berlin is today being handed over to its new owner, the State of Berlin.
A public tender procedure for the operation of the Berlin grid began at the end of 2011 and was due to be completed by 2014. It was, however, delayed by procedural changes and appeals. In October 2020 Vattenfall offered all shares in Stromnetz Berlin GmbH for sale to the State of Berlin. This brought an end to the years of disputes over the electricity concession and paved a clear, predictable path for the further development of the Berlin electricity grid.
With the company, the State of Berlin gains highly professional employees: around 1,500 at Stromnetz Berlin itself, and a further 112 from Vattenfall's central functions, forming a functional unit and a well-positioned company.
Vattenfall will now concentrate its attention and resources entirely on the other German business areas to fulfill its goal of enabling fossil-free living within one generation.
Stromnetz Berlin is especially active in the field of electricity distribution. It operates the electricity distribution grid in the Berlin urban area, with a total length of some 35,000 kilometres. It makes its grid available to all users in a non-discriminatory manner, and is responsible for the security and reliability of the electricity supply in the capital.