RWE Generation: An International Generation Company to Strengthen the RWE Group for the Future

  RWE Generation: An International Generation Company to Strengthen the RWE
                             Group for the Future

  PR Newswire

  ESSEN, Germany, January 2, 2013

ESSEN, Germany, January 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  *Matthias Hartung to manage new company with 18,000 employees
  *Total power generation capacity of ~ 50,000 megawatts at more than  50
    sites across Western Europe

International presence, local roots: This is the slogan chosen by RWE
Generation SE a new RWE business created to manage a power generation capacity
of around 50,000 megawatts at more than 50 sites across Western Europe from 1
January 2013.

 (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130102/586380 )

"This new international approach to power generation at RWE will help us to
ensure success in an increasingly difficult market environment," explained Dr.
Rolf Martin Schmitz, Executive Board member for Operational Management (COO)
and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG. "This move will strengthen the
RWE Group for the future and cements our place as one of Europe's leading
energy utilities. It is an important milestone in progressing our development
programme, RWE 2015."

All of RWE's conventional power plants in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands,
as well as RWE Technology GmbH, have been combined to form a new company which
will be incorporated as a European joint stock company (Societas Europaea - SE
for short).

Newly appointed RWE Generation CEO, Matthias Hartung, said, "Price trends for
energy resources and electricity are hard to predict. Future market mechanisms
remain unclear and subject to change. Renewable energies are becoming more and
more important in the European market. Conventional power plants can only hold
their own in today's environment if they are highly efficient, protect the
climate and are able to work very flexibly," emphasised Matthias Hartung. "Our
18,000 employees have the highest level of expertise and know-how, and I know
that, with this new RWE team working on the operation and continued
development of our assets, we can establish ourselves at the top of Europe's
power generation sector."

In conclusion, Matthias Hartung, added, "RWE Generation will combine the
advantages of a cross-country organisation with RWE's strong presence in our
core market countries." This is why the Chief Executive Officers of the
national companies - Paul Massara at RWE npower in the UK and Erwin van
Laethem at Essent in the Netherlands - will remain the immediate contacts for
politicians and the public. "This is how we intend to make our generation
business fit for the future."

The foundation of RWE Generation's business strategy is the sharing of best
practice and technical expertise across international boundaries to provide
the best solutions for the whole business. Moreover the commercial entities
will work increasingly closely with the operating units.

Dr. Frank Weigand (Chief Financial Officer), Alan Robinson (Chief Commercial
Officer), Dr.Ulrich Hartmann (Lignite / Nuclear Energy / Hydroelectric Power
portfolio), Roger Miesen (Hardcoal / Gas / Biomass portfolio ) and Erwin
Winkel (Human Resources) also belong to the Executive Board of RWE Generation.

RWE Generation SE

Since 1 January 2013, RWE Generation SE has been the generation company in the
RWE Group. The company pools the generation entities and engineering expertise
of RWE Power in Germany, RWE Essent in the Netherlands, and RWE npower in the
UK. The company has around 18,000 employees and nearly 50 GW of power
generation capacity.

Contact:    Stephanie Schunck         Head of Communication RWE
Generation SE         T +49-201/12-22088        Lothar
Lambertz External Communication/PR RWE Generation SE T +49-201-12-23984
 
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