E.ON is one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. At facilities across Europe, Russia, and North America, our more than 72,000 employees generated approx. EUR132 billion in sales in 2012. In addition, there are businesses in Brazil and Turkey we manage jointly with partners. E.ON’s diversified business consists of renewables, conventional and dezentralized power generation, natural gas, energy trading, retail and distribution. We supply around 26 million customers with energy. With our broad energy mix we own almost 68 GW generation capacity and we are one of the world's leading renewables companies. We have an ambitious objective: to make energy cleaner and better wherever we operate. With our strategy cleaner & better energy we're transforming E.ON into a global provider of specialized energy solutions which will benefit our employees, customers, and investors alike.
The development of technologies and regulatory boundary conditions as well as the changes in customer behaviour are main drivers for a sustainable transformation of the energy system. It is still unclear how the future energy system might look like, but E.ON assumes the following trends:
Changes in power generation - increasing additions in renewable capacity, decrease in generation and increase in flexibility for conventional power plants.
"Decarbonization" of heating and transport - operation of electrical components which are supplied by increasingly CO2 free generated electricity (e-vehicles, heat pumps)
Decoupling of generation and consumption - the consumption of electricity will be synchronized with generation to some extent via storage and demand side management.
Distributed energy - the share of distributed generation will grow, e.g. photovoltaics, microCHP (combined heat and power), which can even serve as reserve margin in times of low renewable electricity production.
Integrated infrastructure - an integrated infrastructure for information and communication will be the backbone of such a distributed energy system and links together the various components in residential areas, offices and industry.
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