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commenced.  Work  is  proceeding  at  full  speed  for
                    completion of the project in spring 2021.

                                                                  Following  the  integration  of  electricity  and  gas  sales  for
                    The introduction of smart meters nationwide taking into   individual customers into KELAG Energie & Wärme GmbH in
                    account  the  current  communication  infrastructure  is  the   2018,  the  first  year  as  a  comprehensive  energy  service
                    largest project for KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH to date, and a   provider  throughout  Austria  was  successfully completed.
                    particular challenge in a number of ways.     The  decentralised  organisational  structure  of  KELAG
                                                                  Energie & Wärme GmbH will be used to provide support to
                    In the course of 2019, the implementation measures for the   electricity  and  natural  gas customers  throughout  Austria
                    legally  required  smart  meter  rollout  were  intensively   and thus increase market penetration. In September 2019,
                    continued. The key points of focus in the financial year 2019   KELAG Energie & Wärme GmbH acquired a 100% share in
                    were implementing optimisation measures in the rollout   WRS Naturwärme Holding GmbH with registered offices in
                    and converting to the Austrian master programme of the   Linz.
                    meter data management system. Approximately 120,000
                    smart  meters  had  been  installed  by  the  company’s  own   The Heat business division is represented by several entities
                    personnel by the end of the year. KNG will systematically   within the Group. In addition to KELAG Energie & Wärme
                    continue the smart meter rollout in the coming financial   GmbH   and   its   equity   investments,   Kärntner
                    year 2020.                                    Restmüllverwertungs  GmbH  is  also  bundled  in  the  Heat
                                                                  business  division.  KELAG  Energie &  Wärme  GmbH  is  the
                                                                  largest  supra-regional  provider  of  heating  services  in
                    Power  interruptions  in  2019  included  around  2,300   Austria and operates 85 district heating grids and around
                    deployments of specialists and were marked by two major   900 central heating stations. The focus of entrepreneurial
                    events.  At  the  beginning  of  February,  the  low  pressure   activity is placed on producing heat and process energy in
                    system  “Pirmin”  (up  to  1,000  customers  simultaneously   a sustainable and environmentally compatible way and on
                    without electricity) and in mid-November the low pressure   electricity and natural gas sales to individual customers in
                    system  “Detlef”  (up  to  4,000  customers  simultaneously   Austria. The range of services covers services such as the
                    without  electricity)  brought  heavy  rain  and  massive   management of central heat stations and the provision of
                    snowfall causing considerable damage to the KNG-Kärnten   heating  and  process  energy.  The  company  is  also
                    Netz GmbH grid. Customers in the Hermagor and Spittal   represented in the Czech Republic with one company.
                    districts  were  particularly  hard  hit  by  disruptions  to  the
                    electricity supply. KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH deployed up to   Industrial waste heat and biomass are primarily used for the
                    170 technicians to restore power as quickly as possible. In   production of heat. KELAG Energie & Wärme GmbH holds a
                    each case, it took nearly one week to restore power to all   leading  position  in  this  area  throughout  Austria.  Around
                    customers. Thanks to the deployment of personnel across   65% of the heat required is already being generated from
                    territories  and  collaboration  with  emergency  services,   renewable raw materials and waste heat. Where industrial
                    authorities and the Austrian Armed Forces, the disruptions   waste heat cannot be used and it is not possible to produce
                    were managed extremely efficiently.           heat  from  biomass,  natural  gas  –  by  far  the  most
                                                                  environmentally friendly of all the fossil fuels – is preferred.
                                                                  In  addition  to  implementing  new  projects,  the  focus  is
                                                                  primarily on the continued densification of existing district
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