Austria International Renewables Industry News

Read the latest headlines about developments in the international renewables industry in Vienna and Austria

VKW with Declining Profits in the First Half of 2011

The regional energy company reported a drop in power generation due to the dry weather in the period from January to June.

August 3, 2011

Hypo Alpe Adria Sells Off German Biogas Plants

The Austrian nationalized bank pulls out of the biogas sector. Sale of its plants in Austria is planned for the second half of 2011.

August 2, 2011

BDI Increases Shareholding in Enbasys

The Styrian company listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange raised its stake in the bio gas specialist to 81%. Acquisition of the remaining shares is about to be completed.

July 29, 2011

Verbund Reports Drop in Group Result and Sale of French Poweo

The Austrian electricity group suffered from extraordinarily weak water supply in the first six months of the year. The stake in French Poweo will be sold to competitor Direct Energie.

July 27, 2011

Verbund’s Sorgenia Starts Eco-Subsidiary in Italy

Sorgenia Green is planning to invest € 500m in geothermal energy and hydro power projects in the next five years.

July 26, 2011

EVN Expands in Bulgaria

The Austrian electricity company invested € 5m in the construction of a solar power station in Bulgaria and increased its stake in a joint venture project in the country.

July 21, 2011

Verbund Sold Renewables Portfolio to Axa Private Equity

The Austrian electricity company disposed of Poweo’s renewable energy business as a step towards restructuring of its portfolio in France.

July 19, 2011

EVN Concludes Acquisition of Stake in Inn Power Plants

The Austrian electricity company purchased a 13% stake in Verbund’s hydroelectric power plants on the Inn river.

July 5, 2011

Verbund: Speculations about Increase in Sorgenia Stake

The Austrian electricity company might sell its shares in Poweo and instead acquire its joint venture partner’s stake in Sorgenia.

July 1, 2011

Increase in Austrian Electricity Price below EU Average

Electricity and gas are relatively expensive in Austria compared to other EU countries. The electricity price rose by 1.1% in 2009/10.

June 29, 2011

Verbund to Restructure Its Portfolio

The Austrian electricity company is negotiating the sale of French Poweo. Eni and Enel are said to be interested in an acquisition.

June 27, 2011

Verbund: New Wind Farm in Romania

The Austrian electricity company will invest “several hundred million euros” in 77 new wind wheels which will go into service in 2012.

June 17, 2011

Verbund Evaluating Future Options for Sorgenia

The Austrian electricity company and its partner, the Milanese industrial holding CIR, will decide about the future shareholder structure of their joint venture.

June 9, 2011

Nuclear Power Phase-Out Will Cost Austria € 600m

According to calculations by E-Control, Germany’s decision to close down its nuclear power plants will affect the Austrian economy.

June 9, 2011

New Chance for Verbund in Turkey

The Austrian electricity company might win a contract for the power supply in three Turkish provinces after a competitor has withdrawn its bid.

June 6, 2011

UniCredit and Raiffeisen Seek to Broker Bulgaria's EVN Stake Sale

Bulgaria is going to sell its minority stake in an electricity distributor operated by the Austrian energy company.

June 3, 2011

EVN: 12% Drop in First-Half Net Income

The Austrian energy company recorded a substantial drop in group net income, mainly due to a 30.9% decline in the financial result.

May 26, 2011

Strabag Takes Majority Stake in Project Companies for Offshore Wind Power Plants

The Austrian construction company acquires a 51% interest in a project portfolio with possible 850 locations in the German North Sea.

May 23, 2011

Good Prospects for BDI

The manufacturer of biodiesel could realize rising profits in Q1/2011. However, sales were declining.

May 12, 2011

Romania Offers Export Opportunities for Austria's Environment Industry

18 top Austrian companies active in the areas of environmental technology and renewable energies are present in Bucharest.

May 12, 2011

BDI Receives Major Order in Germany

Enbasys GmbH, a subsidiary of BDI-BioEnergy International AG receives a million-dollar contract with the biogas facility for the German SARIA-Rethmann Group.

May 6, 2011

Austria's Solar Industry Strives For Technological Leadership

The domestic solar energy industry calls for more research funding to ensure the continuation of success achieved also into the future.

May 4, 2011

A-Tec: Coal Power Plant Will Not Be Converted

The insolvent company pulls back from its request to convert the Styrian power plant Voitsberg III. The total investment would have amounted to € 100m.

May 4, 2011

Wolf Theiss Identifies Opportunities in CEE Electricity Markets

Significant legislative changes particularly in Bulgaria and Romania, two of the most dynamic markets for RES-Electricity in the CEE/SEE region, have resulted in a dramatic increase in investor and other stakeholder interest in such projects.

May 3, 2011

Vorarlberger Kraftwerke: Increase in Net Profits despite Sales Decline

The regional energy company could raise operating profits by more than 13%. Production remained stable.

May 2, 2011

Greenpeace, vida and EVN: "Austria's Future in Energy is Renewable"

The switch to clean energy is possible by 2050, according to a current IHS study. It is to be achieved by halving the demand for energy.

April 30, 2011

WKÖ Considers Nevada as Optimal Trading Partner

Nevada is diversifying towards renewable energies: huge opportunities for Austrian companies are expected.

April 29, 2011

Verbund: Development of Operating Result Positive

Verbund, Austria's biggest electricity company, presents a considerable better operating result in quarter 1/2011, but a declining Group result due to one-off effects in the previous year that do not apply in the current reporting period.

April 28, 2011

Wind Power is an Important Economic Factor in Austria

The entire wind industry, including supply and service companies, offers jobs for approximately 3,300 employees in Austria and generated sales for € 470m in 2009.

April 28, 2011

Windtner Pleads for expansion of Electricity Grids

The CEO of Energie AG considers that an energy revolution is about to happen in an interview with the newspaper "Kurier". The relevance of electric vehicles is expected to grow slowly but steadily.

April 26, 2011

Solid Delivers Solar Technology to the U.S.

The Styrian solar technology company has succeeded in winning three major orders from Arizona. Public buildings are to be supplied with solar energy.

April 23, 2011

Energy Prices for Households still on the Rise

Especially mineral oil product prices rose steadily in the first quarter of 2011. Electricity prices remained stable.

April 23, 2011

Texas Offers Opportunities for Austria's Energy Industry

Texas imports goods for US$ 614m from Austria. There are prospects for growth in wind and solar energy above all other areas.

April 22, 2011

Fierce Criticism of Austria's Energy Policy

Anschober (Greens): "The Minister of Economy insists on the worst promotion policy of green electricity in Europe: this is hostile to the business and labor market"

April 21, 2011

Verbund Subsidiary Sorgenia Managed Turnaround

The Austrian-Italian joint venture Sorgenia reported a profit of € 6.8m for the first quarter 2011.

April 20, 2011

BDI – BioEnergy: Management Board Changes

The founders of BDI – BioEnergy International AG, Wilhelm Hammer (64), CEO, and Helmut Gössler (52), CTO, will be leaving the Management Board of the Austrian biotechnology company.

April 16, 2011

Isovoltaic Cancels IPO

The Austrian solar technology company, which should have realized the IPO this week, intends to put effort into its growth without a stock market listing.

April 16, 2011

Verbund: Expected Improvement in Earnings for 2011

Wolfgang Anzengruber, CEO of the Austrian energy group Verbund, foresees growth in earnings and a stable result for 2011

April 14, 2011

Decline in Sales for Salzburg AG

The Salzburg AG for energy, transport and telecommunications could hold its profits stable despite falling sales.

April 13, 2011

Environmental Technology Industry in the Czech Republic Holds Hopes for Austrian Companies

The neighboring country, despite making progress, continues to lag behind in energy efficiency and environmental technology.

April 9, 2011

Isovoltaic: IPO Fixed

The Austrian component supplier in the solar power industry will be listed at the Vienna Stock Exchange. The subsription period starts by Monday.

April 4, 2011

Macedonia: Court procedure ELEM – EVN settled

Today ongoing judicial proceedings since 2008 between state-owned ELEM and the Austrian energy company EVN have been terminated by an in court settlement.

March 31, 2011

Romania's Premier: "Sale to OMV was a Huge Loss"

Prime Minister of Romania Emil Boc regrets the 2004 sale of the then government owned Petrom to Austria's OMV.

March 30, 2011

Isovoltaic Considers IPO in the First Half of 2011

The global market leader in the solar backsheet market considers listing on Vienna Stock Exchange as one possible option during the first half of 2011

March 25, 2011

Bulgaria: EVN Thermal Power Plant Almost Completed

The project of the Lower Austrian energy company EVN in Bulgaria will go into operation still this year.

March 17, 2011

Anzengruber: Austria Should Halve Energy Consumption by 2050

Verbund CEO Wolfgang Anzengruber believes that energy efficiency can be increased significantly. The energy industry needs further investments in order to achieve this.

March 17, 2011

Verbund Plans an Investment for €600m in the U.S.

A new financial and strategic direction seems to be set by the Austrian Verbund group. Electric mobility is to be promoted.

March 16, 2011

Verbund Supervisory Board Appoints Members of the Board

The Austrian energy company appoints Günther Rabensteiner as a new board member. Baumgartner-Gabitzer’s Term renewed.

March 11, 2011

Verbund: Research Alliance with Technology University

The power group intends to expand its know-how in the field of environmental technology through cooperation with the Technical University of Vienna (TU).

March 10, 2011

Verbund: Massive Decline in Results

As forecast, the Austrian energy company has presented a declining result for fiscal 2010. Operating results fell considerably.

March 3, 2011