Innovation with tradition – The history of the EWE Group

Expansion of business in Turkey: entry into the Turkish telecommunications market with the acquisition of Millenicom, one of the leading alternative providers in the liberalised telecommunications sector.

Restructuring of shareholdings: EWE sells its shareholding in the Leipzig-based gas company VNG to its shareholder EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. At the same time, EWE-Verband and EWE itself each acquire ten per cent of the EWE shares from EnBW AG, which retains six per cent.
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Start of the fibre optic initiative: EWE plans to invest more than EUR 1 billion in a comprehensive expansion of the fibre-optic network over the next ten years.


EWE’s 25th anniversary celebration in Brandenburg and on the island of Rügen

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology approves a donation of a projected EUR 50 million for the enera project. The funding is going to a consortium led by EWE. A model region for the Germany energy turnaround is to be created in the districts of Friesland, Aurich and Wittmund. The expertise gained should then be transferable across all regions of Germany.
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Purchase of additional shares in the Leipzig-based gas company VNG, EWE becomes majority shareholder with 63.7 per cent of shares


The Group gives itself a new governance structure along the value chain and pools the renewable energy activities in EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN and the internal shared services in EWE swb ISIS.

 EWE builds the first commercial offshore wind farm in the German North sea, Riffgat. Also, the first of a planned series of wind parks in collaboration with municipalities and citizens goes to the grid.

 EWE offers municipalities in the service area up to an up to 25,1 per cent share of EWE NETZ. 64 municipalities make use of this opportunity in the first wave.


Hive-offs in the EWE Energy business area: EWE outsources gas storage and grid gas operations to EWE GASSPEICHER and gtg Nord, pools the group's energy trade in EWE TRADING and founds a company to market the competencies in the offshore wind power space, EWE OSS. After those hive-offs, EWE ENERGIE AG is rebranded as EWE VERTRIEB GmbH. In Bremen, EWE affiliate swb opens Europe's biggest tide-adaptive run-of-the-river power plant.


The telecommunication brands of the group are merged: The services of EWE TEL as well as nordcom (Bremen) and Teleos who have been integrated into EWE TEL are now offered under the "parent brands" EWE and swb, alongside the energy products.


Restructuring: The energy business (excluding Bremen) is bundled into the newly founded EWE ENERGIE AG; EWE AG assumes control of the subsidiaries in its role as the Corporate Centre

Together with E.ON and Vattenfall, EWE opens Germany's first offshore wind farm, alpha ventus.


EnBW AG acquires a 26 per cent equity stake in EWE and becomes EWE’s new strategic partner
Further growth through acquisition of the Bremen-based energy supplier swb


EWE starts the 4-year Smart Grid field test eTelligence in Cuxhaven


Entry into the Turkish energy market
Acquisition of Brunswick-based telecommunications service provider Business Communication Company
EWE Research Centre for Energy Technology NEXT ENERGY founded at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Opening of one of the first biogas processing plants in Germany


Foundation of network operator EWE NETZ
Acquisition of stake in Herford-based telecommunications service provider Teleos


EWE AG celebrates its 75th anniversary


EWE becomes the largest shareholder in Leipzig gas transportation company VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG


Acquisition of stake in Stadtwerke Cuxhaven municipal utility and swb AG
Municipal shareholders acquire E.ON AG’s 27.4 per cent holding in EWE and become the sole shareholders of EWE AG


Acquisition of shares in telecommunications providers BREKOM and osnatel
Acquisition of Stadtwerke Bremervörde municipal utility and acquisition of shares in Stadtwerke Frankfurt/Oder municipal utility


Acquisition of shares in Bremen-based telecommunications provider nordcom


Foundation of IT consulting firm BTC AG


Entry into Polish natural gas market


Merger with regional energy provider Überlandwerk Nord-Hannover AG (ÜNH)
Foundation of green electricity provider NaturWatt


Foundation of Oldenburg telecommunications company EWE TEL and entry into the telecommunications market


Construction of natural gas supply network in the eastern part of Brandenburg
EWE opens Europe's biggest wind farm


EWE’s first natural gas storage facility becomes operational


First import agreement for Dutch natural gas


The company starts supplying natural gas


STROSAG AG and Landeselektrizitätsverband Oldenburg – a group of local electricity associations – merge to form the regional electricity provider EWE AG


Foundation of Oldenburgische Stromversorgungs AG (Oldag)
Stromversorgungs AG (Oldag) and Weser-Ems-Stromversorgungs AG (Wesag) merge to form Stromversorgungs AG Oldenburg-Ostfriesland (Strosag)


PreussenElektra and the city of Leer merge to form Weser-Ems-Stromversorgungs AG (Wesag)


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