Wednesday 6 March 2013, AmsterdamRWE Dea is a part of RWE AG, which is one of the largest energy utility companies in Europe. RWE AG is involved in the generation, trading, transmission and supply of electricity and natural gas. The company’s financial performance has been at a relatively low level since 2009. This has been due primarily to a low electricity pricing scenario, the result of weakened demand in the European power markets, coupled with increasing demand for renewable fuels and the prevailing euro zone crisis. All of these factors adversely affected RWE AG’s electricity and gas business, with the result that the company’s net profit margin declined consistently between 2009 and 2011. Moreover, its performance in 2011 was further affected by the newly imposed Nuclear Fuel Tax, which was levied from 2011 onwards by the German Government.