European utilities struggle to manage extreme weather risk

Extreme weather has cost Germany's big power companies large sums in 2021. Eon subsidiary Westnetz is working hard to secure the grid against future flooding.

Photo: Westnetz

Whereas July's massive flooding in Germany and Belgium are no longer pulling many headlines in Europe's media, German distribution system operator Westnetz is still struggling to rebuild the Western German electricity network, the work on which is forecast to carry over well into 2023.

Large precipitation volumes caused major damage to Westnetz' infrastructure, resulting in power outages for roughly 200,000 people. Almost 500 substations stood under water.

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