Austrian plans stalled by VK

Austrian plans stalled by VK

Electricity liberalization in Austria has stalled because of pressure from the Verbund- konzern (VK), which has expressed concern over its market share and barred access to its network.

The VK operates 71 thermal and hydropower plants. It has refused access to its network for imports from foreign utilities. It claims national legislation states that it can prevent network access where energy imports put price pressure on an Austrian renewable energy producer.

The imports, from Bayernwerk and EnBW among others, have been ordered by Austrian utilities Weinstrom and EVN.

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