Selected European electric utilities - based on power sales 2018

German energy company Uniper provides power and natural gas supply to industrial customers and energy utilities in Germany and abroad. In 2018, it sold the greatest volume of electricity of European utilities, at 710 terawatt hours. E.ON’s power sales dropped dramatically in 2016 to 141.8 TWh. However, this was due to separating its conventional power generation and energy trading operations into Uniper as of January 1st, 2016.

Global comparisons

Headquartered in Düsseldorf, Uniper has operations worldwide and as of April 2019 was the world’s largest electric utility based on sales, amounting to more than 90 billion U.S. dollars. This was followed by the Italian utility Enel, with sales of 86.3 billion U.S. dollars. Of the 20 largest electric utilities in the world, half were based in Europe.

Electricity Production

Of the European electric utilities shown here, almost half were based in Germany. This is no surprise as in 2017, Germany was the largest producer of electricity in Europe. This was followed by France, which had a gross electricity production volume of approximately 561 terawatt-hours. These nations were by far the biggest electricity producers in Europe.

Selected European electric utilities in 2018, based on power sales

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June 2019



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* 2016 figure.

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