Director Communications & Public Affairs with 50Hertz

Kerstin Maria Rippel

Kerstin Maria Rippel graduated in law at the Saarland University (First State Examination) and
completed her legal education at the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart with the Second State
Examination in 1998. She further holds a postgraduate master’s degree in Commercial Law (LL.M.)
which she acquired at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

She worked as a lawyer at a well re-known law firm which was specialised in renewable energy law,
as an editor and later chief editor for a publishing house and as the spokesperson for the German
Association of Energy Market Innovators.

In 2013 she joined 50Hertz as Head of Energy Policy and took over her current position as Head of
the Communications and Public Affairs division in March 2016. She is fluent in English, married and
has two children.

The Company


We operate the transmission grid in northern and eastern Germany and secure the electricity supply for around 18 million people.

The 50Hertz extra high voltage grid has a circuit length of about 10,200 kilometers – that is the distance from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. 50Hertz maintains lines and substations through efficient maintenance, expands its grid to meet demand and ensure the electrical balance between energy consumers and power generators around the clock. And this is a demanding task: Over 56 percent was the share of renewable energies on the annual average consumption in the 50Hertz grid area in 2018 – and it is constantly growing. More than 1,000 employees at eight locations ensure that electricity flows around the clock in Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Our purpose:

We ensure stability.

We promote the integration of renewable energies.

We strongly facilitate the electricity market.

We are realising the grid of the future.

We are connected with Europe.



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