The BDEW is the largest energy industry association in Germany. It has 1800 members, including local and municipal utilities as well as regional and inter-regional suppliers. The “big 4” producers and supply companies (Eon, Vattenfall, EnBW and RWE) and large grid operators support the BDEW. The association has considerable influence on German energy policy and is generally a proponent of free-market designs.
During the EEG-reform debate the BDEW was in support of integrating renewables into the market and giving them more responsibility when it comes to energy security. The BDEW is keen on ensuring a beneficial investment climate for power producers and grid operators.