FRANKFURT, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Germany’s biggest utilities
have set aside tens of billions of euros to fund the country’s
exit from nuclear power from 2022, when the last reactor leaves
the grid and the clear-up begins.
But as an energy crisis puts the value of the assets
underpinning those provisions at risk, concerns are growing that
taxpayers may end up footing part of the bill, undermining an
ambitious shift to renewable power on which Chancellor Angela
Merkel has staked a hefty chunk of political capital.
FRANKFURT, Jan 16 (Reuters) – German utility RWE
will complete the sale of oil and gas unit DEA to
Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman by early March, it said on
Friday, easing fears of a potential collapse.
RWE, whose shares were up 6.1 percent at 1300 GMT on the
news, had originally planned to close the transaction by the end
of 2014 but in November warned it could take longer.
FRANKFURT, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s largest utility E.ON
AG has agreed to sell its Italian gas- and coal-fired
power plants to Czech energy company EPH, ridding itself of
ailing assets from an acquisition spree in 2007.
Privately-held EPH will take over 4,500 megawatts (MW) worth
of thermal power capacity in the deal, which is expected to
close in the second quarter of 2015.
FRANKFURT, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The slump in oil prices to
their lowest since 2009 will bring a multibillion-euro boost to
European businesses, but the benefits are being distributed in a
patchy fashion and in some surprising places.
While the oil industry has been left licking its wounds
after Brent crude’s 50 percent plunge to about $50 a barrel
over the past six months, fund managers and analysts
have been turning their attention to the likely beneficiaries.
FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF, Dec 17 (Reuters) – E.ON’s
investment strategy in Russia remains unaffected by the plunge
in the rouble, the company said on Wednesday, seeking to allay
concerns over a business it plans to spin off in 2016 as part of
a major overhaul.
The weakening of the rouble in the face of Western sanctions
over the Ukraine crisis has already hit profits at the German
utility’s Russian operations, in which it has invested about 6
billion euros ($7.5 billion) since 2007.
SAO PAULO/FRANKFURT, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Eneva SA,
the Brazilian power producer controlled by Germany’s E.ON SE
and tycoon Eike Batista, filed for creditor
protection late on Tuesday after failing to refinance part of
its 2.33 billion reais ($900 million) in debt.
In a statement, Eneva said court protection from creditors
will allow the ailing power producer to preserve cash and
continue its operations. Following the decision, Eneva appointed
Alexandre Americano as chief executive officer, replacing Fabio
Bicudo, who will become chairman.
FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – E.ON’s move to spin off its power plants, aimed at ridding it of billions of euros in losses, could turn Germany’s top utility into a takeover target for deep-pocketed infrastructure investors keen on the steady returns of its power and gas grids.
The spin-off marks a fundamental shift in how utilities brace themselves for the future as they move away from struggling power plants and towards renewables and energy efficiency in a bid to boost declining profits.
FRANKFURT, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Germany’s biggest utility E.ON
announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin
off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream
businesses, a drastic response to changes in the global energy
E.ON said it wanted to focus on its renewable activities,
regulated distribution networks and energy efficiency services,
citing “dramatically altered global energy markets, technical
innovation, and more diverse customer expectations”.
OFF THE COAST OF HELIGOLAND, Germany, Nov 14 (Reuters) – As
European governments start to curb offshore renewable power
subsidies, utilities, wind turbine makers and installers are
racing to cut costs to help the industry survive.
Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, wary of committing
billions of euros when budgets are tight, have announced subsidy
cuts in the past 18 months – a blow to the European offshore
wind industry which employs nearly 60,000 people.
FRANKFURT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – German utility RWE’s
sale of its oil and gas business DEA to Russian
billionaire Mikhail Fridman may take longer than expected,
adding to uncertainty over the fate of the 5.1 billion euro
($6.4 billion) deal.
The transaction, announced in March, coincided with
sanctions being imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine
crisis. This could complicate the sale process, which requires
approval from the 14 countries where DEA operates.