KELAG-Kärntner Energie-Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s leading energy service providers with an investment focus on electricity generation in Carinthia. Since 2009, the Group and its subsidiary KI-KELAG International GmbH have been investing in the gradual expansion of the company’s own power generation in Southeastern Europe in order to exploit economic potential in neighbouring countries.
Renewable energy in Southeastern Europe
In Southeastern Europe, KI-KELAG International GmbH is aiming for selective growth in the hydropower, wind power and photovoltaics segments. Due to their geographical proximity and usable potential, the focus is on Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania and Bulgaria. For the development of its own projects and in M&A activities, KI-KELAG International GmbH is investing particularly in projects with an output of up to 30 MW.
Dr. Christian Schwarz
Christian Schwarz joined Kelag in 2003 and since then has held several managerial positions within the group. Being an authorized officer at Kelag since 2015, he is responsible for the group-wide Corporate Development/M&A/International Business as well as for the Energy Trading Business. Since the foundation of KI-Kelag International GmbH and the acquisition of Interenergo doo in 2009, he has served as a managing director for these companies. As of 2020, Christian Schwarz is a member of Interenergo’s supervisory board.
DI Ingo Preiss
Ingo Preiss has worked for Kelag since 2004 and has been entrusted with project management in many hydropower projects at home and abroad. Since the foundation of KI-KELAG International GmbH in 2009, he has been significantly involved in the development of new business fields in Southeastern Europe. Within the scope of this employment, he is managing director of the subsidiary in Kosovo and authorized signatory of Interenergo d.o.o. in Slovenia. Within the Kelag Group, Ingo Preiss is head of power plant planning in the Generation/Technical Services division. In April 2017, he was appointed Technical Managing Director of KI-KELAG International GmbH.
DI Dr. Bernd Neuner
Bernd Neuner has worked for Kelag since 2008 and has supervised the development and expansion of international business activities from the very beginning. In particular, he has been internationally responsible for development of the wind power business segment. Within the scope of this position, he is member of the supervisory board of Interenergo doo. Bernd Neuner has been responsible for Business Development/M&A/International Affairs within the Group since 2015. He was appointed Commercial Managing Director of KI-KELAG International GmbH in April 2017.
About the Kelag Group
KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft, the parent company of KI-KELAG International GmbH, is active in the electricity and natural gas sectors throughout Austria, with a focus on Carinthia. KI-KELAG International GmbH pools international activities in the fields of hydropower, wind power and photovoltaics and energy trading abroad.
The subsidiary KELAG Energie & Wärme GmbH is Austria’s largest provider of heat based on biomass and industrial waste heat. KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH operates the distribution network for electricity and gas in Carinthia.
In addition to expanding the use of renewable energy sources at home and abroad, Kelag focuses on activities for sustainably improving energy efficiency. They include energy efficiency or energy management solutions such as photovoltaics, smart metering and smart homes. Kelag is also involved in the strategic development fields of e-mobility and broadband/fibre optics.