Wulf H. Bernotat
Wulf H. Bernotat has been chief executive officer of E.ON since 2003. From 1998 to 2002, he was chairman of the board of management for Stinnes AG, Mülheim, and from 1996 to 1998 he was a member of the board of management of VEBA OEL AG, responsible for supply and marketing, refining and distribution, and petrochemicals. Previously he worked for Shell in Germany, France, Portugal, and the UK.
Citizen action and protest against E.ON
April 1, 2008: Eastside Climate Action blockade of E.ON headquarters in Nottingham
On April 1, 2008, as part of the Fossil Fools International Day of Action, 30 activists with Eastside Climate Action blockaded the front entrance of E.ON's headquarters in Nottingham, England. Two people used U-locks to lock themselves to the front door, while others blockaded the back entrance; other protestors poured green paint on themselves, to simulate E.ON's "greenwashing". The action was in protest of E.ON's plans to build the Kingsnorth coal-fired power plant - the first new coal plant in the UK in 50 years. Police made two arrests, and the building was shut down for the day.
E.ON Loses Greenpeace Trial
In September, 2008, E.ON suffered a humiliating defeat in its attempt to have six Greenpeace protesters convicted of criminal damage for painting a slogan on the coal-fired Kingsnorth Power Station in the United Kingdom. The six argued that they had a "lawful excuse" for their action in trying to prevent further damage to the global climate. The defendants called evidence from the world's leading climate scientist, James Hansen, who argued that there should be a moratorium on new coal-fired power stations and a phase out of existing coal-fired power stations in the absence of carbon capture and storage of emissions. E.ON currently has plans for thirteen new coal-fired power stations across Europe. In April, PR Week reported that E.ON UK had hired the PR firm Edelman to "counter opposition from green campaigners." In response to the jury's verdict E.ON UK stated that they were "surprised and disappointed" at the decision. 
Out of its total 11,159 megawatts (MW) of U.S. electric generating capacity in 2005 (1.05% of the U.S. total), E.ON produces 74.8% from coal, 22.8% from natural gas, 1.4% from oil, and 1.0% from hydroelectricity. E.ON owns power plants in Kentucky and North Carolina; 97.8% of E.ON's U.S. power plants are in Kentucky.
Proposed coal plants
- Antwerp Power Station in Belgium
- Braila Power Station Expansion in Romania
- Datteln Power Station in Germany
- Frankfurt Power Station in Germany
- Gelsenkirchen-Scholven Power Station Expansion in Germany
- High Marnham Power Station in the United Kingdom
- Kiel Power Station in Germany
- Killinholme Power Station in the United Kingdom
- Kingsnorth Power Station in the United Kingdom
- Maasvlakte Power Station (E.ON) in the Netherlands
- Maritsa East Power Station in Bulgaria
- Staudinger Power Station Expansion in Germany
- Wilhelmshaven Power Station (E.ON Kraftwerke) in Germany
Existing coal-fired power plants
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Ghent||KY||Carroll||1974, 1977, 1981, 1984||2226 MW||12,200,000 tons||49,913 tons|
|Mill Creek||KY||Jefferson||1972, 1974, 1978, 1982||1717 MW||9,638,000 tons||25,464 tons|
|Brown||KY||Mercer||1957, 1963, 1971||739 MW||4,108,000 tons||45,191 tons|
|Cane Run||KY||Jefferson||1962, 1966, 1969||645 MW||3,244,000 tons||17,122 tons|
|Trimble County||KY||Trimble||1990||566 MW||4,208,000 tons||830 tons|
|Green||KY||Webster||Y||528 MW||4,104,000 tons||3,399 tons|
|Coleman||KY||Hancock||1969, 1970, 1971||521 MW||3,326,000 tons||10,899 tons|
|Wilson||KY||Ohio||1984||440 MW||4,097,000 tons||9,306 tons|
|Henderson||KY||Henderson||1973, 1974||365 MW||2,415,000 tons||5,893 tons|
|Roanoke Valley||NC||Halifax||1994, 1995||240 MW||2,281,000 tons||934 tons|
|Green River||KY||Muhlenberg||1954, 1959||189 MW||878,000 tons||18,416 tons|
In 2006, E.ON's 11 major U.S. coal-fired power plants emitted 50.5 million tons of CO2 (0.8% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and 187,000 tons of SO2 (1.2% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).
- Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat, E.ON, accessed December 2008.
- "Climate Protest in City Centre", Nottingham Evening Post, April 1, 2008.
- "Eastside Climate Action Blockade E-ON Workers As Part of Fossil Fools Day", UK Indymedia, April 1, 2008.
- "Greenpeace Protestors Cleared Over Coal Protest", Planet Ark, September 11, 2008.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.