energate looks back: this was the energy year 2019

13.12.2019

The energate editorial team wrote over 5,000 news, analysis and background reports in 2019. In addition, weekly market reports, numerous guest comments and more than 300 interviews were published.

The energate editorial team wrote over 5,000 news, analysis and background reports in 2019. In addition, weekly market reports, numerous guest comments and more than 300 interviews were published. Last year, for example, Wolfgang Langhoff, CEO of BP Europe, Vattenfall board member Tuomo Hatakka or Wolfgang Anzengruber, head of Austria's largest electricity group Verbund, answered our questions. We also talked to several State Ministers such as Andreas Pinkwart from North Rhine-Westphalia, Olaf Lies from Lower Saxony or Tarek Al-Wazir from Hesse as well as former Federal Minister of Justice and SPD European Lead Candidate Katarina Barley about the pressing issues of energy policy.

For the companies, 2019 was marked by ongoing restructuring. The division of Innogy between RWE and Eon has now been largely completed. This is probably the last time we write about the still existing Innogy brand in our review of the year, its future is uncertain after the ups and downs of the past year. It is also somewhat uncertain what will happen to Uniper and its major and soon to be majority shareholder Fortum. The Finns have not yet correctly explained where they want Uniper to go. In Düsseldorf, a management team, which has now been completely overhauled, is reacting to this with a noticeable snuffy feeling. The Potsdam energy trader Natgas came to an inglorious end in 2019. With Natgas, a pioneer of the liberalised energy market will leave the market at the end of the year.

In energy policy, the coal commission and its yet unimplemented proposal for a coal phase-out was the main topic of the year. Meanwhile, the gas industry is pleased about the public commitment of politicians to gas as an energy carrier, even if it is to become increasingly greener in the future in the form of hydrogen. The planned smart meter rollout in 2019 remained a long-drawn-out affair. Shortly before the end of the year, the third certified smart meter gateway and thus the official starting signal was also delayed.

In our review of the year, we have chosen the news that most interested our readers from more than 5,000 energate news items in 2019. We have also picked out our personal highlights of every month.

energate looks back: this was the energy year 2019