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RWE Power AG
RWE Logo 2018
Vrsta dioničko društvo
Sjedište Essen and KölnNjemačka
Djelatnost(i) Electric utility
Prihod approx. €1.18 billion (2017)[1]
Podružnice RWE Nuclear GmbH
Web stranica https://www.group.rwe/en

RWE Power AG is the subsidiary of the RWE Group, which operates a large part of RWE’s own power plants and associated plants in Germany. The seat is in Essen and Cologne. Chairman of the executive board is Dr. Frank Weigand.[2]

As part of the dicussion about the coal exit and in particular about the dispute over the „Hambacher forest“, the RWE Group received a lot of criticism.[3]

History[uredi kôd]

The company was founded in 2000 after RWE acquired „Vereinigte Elektrizitätswerke Westfalen“ (VEW) (maybe also translate to: United Electricity Works Westfalen). In the course of the merger, RWE merged the power plants of its subsidiary RWE Energie AG (i.e. all RWE power plants with the exception of lignite plants) with the power plants of “VEW” in the new subsidiary RWE Power. In 2003, also the RWE subsidiary “RWE Rheinbraun”, including all of their power plants, open-pit mines and other facilities, joined RWE Power.[4]

By outsourcing to its own corporation, RWE prepared for the unbundling of the business along the value chain of power generation, transportation and distribution, as demanded increasingly by politicians since the 1990s with the goal of liberalizing the energy markets.[4]

After the merger, RWE Power, including its subsidiaries, had more then 20 large-scale power plants and numerois smaller plants with a total generating capacity of more than 30 gigawatts. In 2004, RWE was the largest supplier of electricity in Germany (of which the majority was attributable to the subsidiary RWE Power).[5]

At the beginning of 2013, RWE Power was organizationally assigned to the newly founded RWE subsidiary, RWE Generation. All conventional power generation corporations in the RWE Group, which are located in particular in Great Britain, Benelux and Germany, were bundled in this company across all countries. In the course of this reorganization, RWE Power transferred its gas and coal-fired power plants to RWE Generation SE, which will operate them from now on.[6]

In January of 2018, RWE bundled its nuclear power business within the new company, RWE Nuclear GmbH. RWE Nuclear is affiliated with RWE AG as a 100% subsidiary and is managed by RWE Power.[2]

Operated Power Plants and Facilities[uredi kôd]

In particular, RWE Power AG operates the plants (power plants, opencast mines, railways, waterworks, etc.) of the “Rhenish lignite mining area” and the nuclear power plants of the RWE Group.

Before 2013, hard coal, gas-fired, water and biomass power plants were also a part of RWE Power’s portfolio; RWE Power handed over these systems to its parent company RWE Generation, when it was founded in the beginning of 2013.[2]

The power plants of the RWE Power and RWE Nuclear GmbH provide around 70 billion kilowatt-hours of power per year, which is around 12% of Germany’s total electricity requirement.[2]

Criticism[uredi kôd]

RWE Power, together with RWE Holding as operator of large power plants and opencast mines, is often criticized for its negative impact on the environment, nature and local residents. The criticism concerns in particular the:

  • Operation of nuclear power plants because of safety risks of the operation and the resulting radioactive waste,
  • Operation of fossil fuel power plants, due to emission of air pollutants and climate-damaging carbon dioxide,
  • Operation of large opencast mines due to devastation of the landscape with natural biotopes , cultural monuments and villages, damage to mountains, lowering of the groundwater level, etc.
  • And the destruction of cultural assets (see Immerather Dom)

Critics accuse RWE Power, despite known risks and problems, of retaining obsolete technologies and of investing too little in the expansion of sustainable, renewable energies. Other allegations in this context are “Greenwashing”, excessive lobbying and political involvement.[7]

Management[uredi kôd]

  • Dr. Frank Weigand - Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at RWE Power AG
  • Dr. Lars Kulik – Member of the Executive Board, Lignite division (CTO)
  • Ralf Giesen – Chief Human Resources Officer (CHO)
  • Nikolaus Valerius – Member of the Executive Board, Nuclear Power division (CTO)[8]

Supervisory Board[uredi kôd]

The supervisory board of RWE Power has 21 members (10 shareholder representatives, 10 employee representatives and 1 neutral member)[9]

Shareholder Representatives[uredi kôd]

  • Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz (Mönchengladbach / Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Executive Board of RWE AG)
  • Rudolf Bertram (Eschweiler / mayor of Eschweiler)
  • Christoph Dänzer-Vanotti (Essen / lawyer)
  • Dr. Günter Hilken (Leverkusen / Executive President of Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG)
  • Dr. Markus Krebber (Essen / Member of the Executive Board of RWE AG)
  • Thomas Kufen (Essen / mayor of Essen)
  • Hans-Jürgen Petrauschke (Grevenbroich / county commissioner of Neuss)
  • Gisbert Rühl (Essen / Chairman of the Executive Board of Klöckner & Co. SE)
  • Dietmar Spohn (Bochum / director of Stadtwerke Bochum Holding GmbH)
  • Dr. Michael Wehrhahn (Neuss/ merchant)

Employee Representatives[uredi kôd]

  • Ralf Sikorski (Hannover/ vice Chairman, Member of the Executive Board of IG BCE)
  • Walter Butterweck (Alsdorf/ Chairman of the works council Cologne of the RWE Power AG)
  • Klaus Krützen (Grevenbroich-Neukirchen/ mayor of Grevenbroich)
  • Michael Lehmann (Heimbach / Chairman of the works council of the power plant Weisweiler of the RWE Power AG)
  • Harald Louis (Jülich / Chairman of the works council of the RWE Power AG)
  • Manfred Maresch (Viersen / District manager of the IG BCE Alsdorf)
  • Claudia Middendorf (Dortmund / representative of the state government for people with disabilities and patients in Nordrhein-Westfalen)
  • Dr. Matthias Müller (Braunschweig / federal board of DGB, head of finance)
  • Detlef Raabe (Berlin / federal administration of ver.di, district manager organisation’s policy)
  • Ismail Tekin (Grevenbroich / Chairman of the works council of the Tagebau Garzweiler of RWE Power AG)

Neutral Members[uredi kôd]

  • Klaus Brandner (Verl / Parliamentary State Secretary (retired))

Weblinks[uredi kôd]

Izvori[uredi kôd]

  1. Annual Report of 2017 (PDF). RWE Group
  2. a b c d Organisational Structure RWE Power. RWE Group
  3. Is Germany's Hambach Forest Doomed by Coal?. National Geographic
  4. a b History of the RWE Group. RWE Group
  5. Biggest Energy Suppliers in Germany. verivox.de
  6. RWE Generation: An international generation company to strengthen the RWE Group for the future. RWE Group
  7. Worst Lobbying Awards BUND.net. BUND.net
  8. Executive Board RWE Power. RWE Group
  9. Supervisory Board RWE Power. RWE Group