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Rhein-Kreis Neuss is full of energy in the very literal sense. Here coal as well as sun and wind are used as energy sources. Rhein-Kreis Neuss is part of the Rhine brown coal reserve, Europe's largest brown coal deposit. Coal mined in Garzweiler is used in energy plants in Grevenboich - Frimmersdorf and Neurath - which together have an output of 4,000 megawatts, making Rhein-Kreis Neuss the biggest coal power plant in the world. As part of the recultivation of coal mining regions, attractive relaxation areas and valuable living space has been won. Competence in this field of landscape recycling is in demand both in Germany and abroad.
A large energy project is currently in construction. RWE Power is building the world's most modern coal power plant at a cost of some 2.2 billion Euros in Neurath. The new technology increases energy production by some 43 percent and thus makes a considerable contribution to climate protection.
Also in respect of renewable energy sources, Rhein-Kreis Neuss is at the very forefront. Since 1991, one of the largest photovoltaic complexes in Europe supplied energy from the sun's rays. And by 1995, a wind park went into operation on the Vollrather Höhe. Windtest Grevenbroich GmbH, in which Rhein-Kreis Neuss holds a stake, has also made a name for itself worldwide as independent auditor and service provider in the field of wind energy. The Neurather Höhe is home to the world's largest testing field for wind energy, for instance. Prototypes and new systems are tested and certified in accordance with international directives
Rhein-Kreis Neuss intends to remain at the forefront as energy location in Europe wherever industry and science develop new projects and models for energy production. This is the aim of the initiative "Local Energy Pact Rhein-Kreis Neuss" created by district administrator Dieter Patt. The initiative has opportunities both for ecology and economy in its sights - from emission protection and efficient energy use all the way to research and teaching.