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Wilfried Gillrath, co-CEO of LichtBlick
“Eneco and LichtBlick are strong believers in and supporters of the four megatrends changing the global energy markets: decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitalisation and democratisation. These trends are going to shift power to the customers and are changing the role of energy companies. LichtBlick and Eneco will jointly develop leading-edge smart energy products and services for consumers and businesses.” 
Wilfried Gillrath, co-CEO of LichtBlick
Jeroen de Haas, CEO of Eneco Group
“With this partnership, Eneco and LichtBlick are a strong force in the European energy market, with substantial investment capabilities, combined experience in key energy markets and a large customer base. The partnership builds on the talents of highly motivated and creative employees in both companies with a shared vision on the new energy world.” 
Jeroen de Haas, CEO of Eneco Group
ROTTERDAM / HAMBURG,
19
januari
2017

Eneco and LichtBlick join forces to speed up energy transition in Europe

New partnership for digital innovation and new energy leadership 

Netherlands based renewable energy companyEnecohas acquired a 50%interest in energy and IT company LichtBlick.LichtBlickis the leading green energy retailerin Germany, providing renewableenergy to over 645,000 customers. WithSchwarmEnergie,the company develops digital energy solutions forconsumerand business customers.Enecois a frontrunnerin renewableenergy production and retail, serving more than two million customers. The Dutch companyalso has operationsin Belgium, France andthe United Kingdom. 

The joint ambition of both companies is to grow business in Germany, the Netherlands and other countries in Europe by providing green and digital products and services tomeetcustomers’ changing needs.

Enecoinvented the Toon thermostat, auser-friendlySmartHome platform thatgives consumersbetter understandingofand control overtheir energy consumption.At present, thisplatformis being used by320,000 households.The IT platform ‘SchwarmDirigent’, the leading digital technology for intelligent energydeveloped byLichtBlick, connects distributed energy sources like combined heat and power plants, electric cars, heat pumps,solarpowerand storage to the energy market. The partners will explore the potentialforToon-expansion in the German market and the integration of SchwarmEnergiefunctionalities into theSmart Homedevice. 

The companiesalso seek to scaleupLichtBlick’sservices, such asthe management and optimization of combined heat & power plants (CHP),to theEuropean level.Further areas for cooperation are the joint development of solar and storage products, services and the smart electric charging of green energy.In addition, thepartners will team up to develop energy-sharingsolutions, based onSchwarmDirigent, enabling future prosumers to share theirlocally producedclean energy. 

EnecosupportsLichtBlick’sstrategy of profitable growth, includingacquisitionof customer portfolio’s toexpand the company's green energymarket leadershipin Germany.Thepartnership will not affect management, operations or the companies' brands.Enecowillhave three representatives in LichtBlick’s Supervisory Board.

 

Note to the editor

This press release is also published in German; the English version will prevail over the German version.

Both companies will not disclose any further financial details. The partnership is subject to approval by GermanBundeskartelamt. 

 

For more information please contact: 

EnecoGroup

TobyEllson,managermediarelations 

T: +31 (0)6 310 447 63 

E:toby.ellson@eneco.com 

 

LichtBlickSE 

RalphKampwirth, Head of Communication 

T: +49 170 / 565 15 56 

E:ralph.kampwirth@lichtblick.de

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About Eneco Group

Eneco is an international renewable energy company, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With 6,700 employees we operate in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, France and Belgium. In addition to energy production, purchasing and trade, Eneco supplies energy to over two million companies and households. Our mission is to make ‘sustainable energy for everyone’ a reality by ensuring that energy will be sustainable, available and affordable in the long term. Eneco is developing into a leading energy services supplier, for which innovation is the key to success. In 2015 Eneco realised a turnover of nearly EUR 4,3 billion.

 

About LichtBlick

LichtBlick SE is an energy and IT company. Our vision is to provide clean energy - anytime, anywhere and to anyone. LichtBlick was founded in 1998. Today, we are Germany's largest independent green energy retailer. We supply 645,000 consumer and business customers with certified green energy. In answer to increasing use of distributed energy resources LichtBlick has developed the IT platform ‘SchwarmDirigent®’. LichtBlick cooperates with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Germany to promote the energy transition. The company employs 500 passionate staff members. The headquarters is in Hamburg, Germany. In 2015, the company realised a turnover of EUR 670 million. Greentech Capital Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisor to LichtBlick.