Boris Schucht is the “Energy Manager of the Year 2017”

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the transmission system operator 50Hertz has been awarded the title “Energy Manager of the Year 2017” by an awards committee of high-ranking representatives from the world of business, science and media. Boris Schucht received the award for his non-ideological commitment to grid expansion to facilitate the integration of green electricity into the transmission system.

Prof. Christian Held, member of the awards committee and partner at the law firm BBH, says: “I have been an attentive observer of Boris Schucht’s professional career for many years and greatly admire his achievements. Throughout his career, he has been a key figure in shaping the energy industry of the new federal states. As CEO of 50Hertz, his achievements are even more outstanding: Boris Schucht successfully unbundled the extra-high voltage grid in East Germany and set up a company, in a most exemplary way, that is able to prosper in the difficult regulatory environment and contributes to a more sustainable energy system. In parallel, Boris Schucht has become one of the most high-profile representatives of the transmission system operators’ interests throughout Europe and is shaping the overall energy landscape.”

“50Hertz not only operates Europe’s biggest power socket, the company is also constantly expanding its reach. In order to transport the enormous volumes of renewable electricity from its own grid area to other areas, 50Hertz has to finance and plan one large-scale project after the other, to secure the political will and ensure the communication between all stakeholders as well as to implement the projects. The fact that this has worked rather well for years is one of the major achievements of Boris Schucht,” states Dr. Christof Spangenberg, managing director of the business consultancy company K.Group and member of the awards committee.

In light of the award, this year’s winner Boris Schucht comments: “I am very honoured by this title, which is held in high esteem in our business sector. I am particularly pleased about the fact that this year’s title goes to a grid operator. This illustrates the fundamental importance of the grid as part of the overall system. Therefore, I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of all electricity grid operators. I would like to thank the members of the awards committee and certainly the entire staff at 50Hertz for – without their commitment – our company would not be where it is today.”

E&M editor Helmut Sender, who initiated the award of the title “Energy Manager of the Year” in 2000 when the liberalisation of the energy market was taking shape, says: “In the discussion about the required grid expansion, which is sometimes led in a rather ideological way – differentiating between transmission grid operators and distribution system operators, Boris Schucht takes a pragmatic approach: He strives to integrate renewable electricity into the grid, as is necessary, and thus in favour of safeguarding supply security in Germany and abroad.”

Boris Schucht has been CEO of 50Hertz in Berlin since February 2010. The company is in charge of operating the transmission system in the North and East of Germany, it also maintains, plans and expands the transmission systems in the areas of the federal states of Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Berlin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg. In 2016, almost 50% of the electricity consumed in the grid area of 50Hertz was generated from renewable energy sources.

The shareholders of 50Hertz are the Belgian grid operator Elia (60%) and the Australian infrastructure fund IFM Investors (40%).

Past winners:

2016 – Dr. Dieter Steinkamp, chairman of the executive board of RheinEnergie AG

2015 – Dr. Georg Müller, chairman of the executive board of MVV Energie AG, Mannheim

2014 – Michael Lucke, managing director of Allgäuer Überlandwerk GmbH

2013 – Heiko von Tschischwitz, founder and chairman of the management board of LichtBlick SE, Hamburg

2012 – Johannes van Bergen, then chairman of the management board of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke Schwäbisch-Hall GmbH

2011 – Bernd Wilmert, then managing director of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke Bochum GmbH

2010 – Dr. Constantin H. Alsheimer, chairman of the executive board of Mainova AG

2010 – Herbert Dombrowsky, then chairman of the management board of N-Ergie AG

2010 – Michael G. Feist, then chairman of the executive board of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke Hannover AG

2010 – Dr. Thorsten Radensleben, chairman of the executive board of badenova AG

2009 – Dr. Kurt Mühlhäuser, then chairman of the management board of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke München GmbH

2008 – Sven Becker, spokesperson of the management board of Trianel GmbH

2007 – Dr. Hans-Bernd Menzel, then chairman of the executive board of EEX AG

2006 – Dr. Werner Brinker, then chairman of the executive board of EWE AG

2005 – Dr. Klaus Rauscher, then chairman of the executive board of Vattenfall Europe AG

2004 – Helmut Haumann, then chairman of the executive board of RheinEnergie AG

2003 – Dr. Dieter Attig, then chairman of the executive board of Stawag AG

2002 – Dr. Dieter Nagel, then chairman of the executive board of Thüga AG

2001 – Roland Hartung, then spokesperson of the board of directors of MVV Energie AG

The Awards Committee

Hans-Willy Bein – freelance journalist

Michael Ebling – president of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick – vice-president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Michael Hegel – financial expert

Christian Held – partner at Becker Büttner Held

Stefan Kapferer – chairman of the general executive management board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert – head of the energy department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

Helmut Sendner – editor of the journal Energie & Management

Dr. Christof Spangenberg – managing director of K.Group GmbH

The Award

The award was initiated by the journal Energie & Management and is co-sponsored by the law firm Becker Büttner Held and the business consultancy company K.Group. It has been presented for the seventeenth time in 2017. The assessment criteria encompass the overall leadership qualities, social competences as well as the sustainable business development.

In case of questions and for more information please contact:

Energie & Management Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Helmut Sendner
Phone: +49 (0) 81 52 / 10 86
Fax: +49 (0) 81 52 / 93 11 22
Email: h.sendner@emvg.de