EWE is one of Germany's largest municipal enterprises. The Ems-Weser-Elbe Versorgungs- und Entsorgungsverband (EWE-Verband) is an alliance formed of 21 cities and districts in the Ems/Weser/Elbe region.
Through its associated municipal companies, the EWE-Verband indirectly holds a majority share in EWE, which is a non-listed public company. Weser-Ems-Energiebeteiligungen GmbH (WEE) holds a 64 per cent stake in the company, Energieverband Elbe-Weser Beteiligungsholding GmbH (EEW) 20 per cent and Ems-Weser-Elbe Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG 6 Prozent. EWE itself holds 10 per cent. EWE is currently looking for a new strategic partner.