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The  increase  in  energy  efficiency  and  the  expansion  of
                    renewable  energies  are  expected  to  contribute  to  the   As  an  operator  of  distribution  grids  for  electricity  and
                    decarbonisation  of  the  energy  system.  The  new  energy   natural gas in Carinthia, KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH provides
                    concept involves a paradigm shift.            non-discriminatory access to the grid infrastructure to all
                                                                  customers  and  energy  suppliers.  Reliability  of  energy
                                                                  supply  and  the  acknowledgment  of  social  responsibility
                                                                  provide an important basis for Carinthia as a business and
                    Local,  small  generation  units  and  storage  facilities  are   energy hub.
                    reaching  market  readiness  and  are  increasingly  being
                    installed by customers on their own premises. As part of the   KNG-Kärnten  Netz  GmbH  implemented  an  extensive
                    initiative “Energy Future”, KELAG positions itself even more   investment and maintenance programme in 2018 aimed at
                    firmly as a prosumer product supplier and energy service   continuing  to  guarantee  grid  customers  in  Carinthia  the
                    provider.                                     premium  quality  of  electricity  supply  to  which  they  are
                                                                  accustomed. The areas of focus were the renewal of the 110
                    At  the  same  time,  it  is  not  possible  or  attractive  for  the   kV switchgear at the Radenthein substation as well as the
                    majority of customers to produce their own energy, and a   new construction  of  a  substation  in  Gmünd.  In  addition,
                    more  economical,  safer  and  more  ecological  way  of   extensive  measures  were  implemented  in  the  medium-
                    consuming  energy  remains  the  main  priority.  In  an   voltage and low-voltage grids. In total, KNG-Kärnten Netz
                    environment  with  frequently  new  market players,  KELAG   GmbH  invested  EUR 56.3m  in  grid  infrastructure  in  the
                    relies  on  its  wide  range  of  corresponding  products  and   financial year 2018.
                    various  rates  and  price  packages  as  well  as  its  strategic
                                                                   GRI 103-1, 103-3, 203-1, GRI Electric Utilities Sector Disclosures
                    cooperation partners. Being a sustainable energy supplier,
                    electricity and heat based on renewable energy sources are
                    generated by the company itself, and it continues to rely on
                    the  core  competences  in  the  fields  of  hydroelectric  and
                                                                  The world is becoming a network, information is available
                    wind power as well as extracting heat from biomass and
                                                                  simultaneously, globally and without restriction. The rapid
                    waste heat. To balance out the fluctuations in renewable
                                                                  development  of  the  ever-increasing  high-performance
                    energy  production  with  the  demand  for  energy  and  to
                                                                  capabilities   of   information   technology   and
                    optimise  energy  systems  taking  into  account  the
                                                                  telecommunications   opens   up   completely   new
                    combination of heat and electricity, efforts in the areas of
                                                                  opportunities  across  the  entire  value  added  chain.
                    system  services  and  versatile  products  are  continuously
                                                                  Digitalisation will permeate all areas of life and business at
                    being expanded.
                                                                  an ever-faster rate. If climate protection and the new energy
                     GRI 102-2, 102-6, 103-1, 103-3, 417-1, GRI Electric Utilities Sector Disclosures
                     see also Distribution business division      concept  are  to  be  taken  seriously,  an  intelligent  digital
                                                                  energy  system  based  on  renewables  energies  is  also
                                                                  needed.
                                                                  E-business has become a decisive success factor in many
                                                                  business areas, for example, in marketing as well as sales
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