He said in a letter to shareholders that one problem is that, as countries switch to more climate-friendly power supplies, gas-fired generators "have become barely profitable to operate." That's in part because overall electricity demand is very low, but also because energy from renewable sources is fed into grids as a priority when demand is higher, he added.
For the first nine months of the year, E.ON said its net earnings rose to €2.73 billion from the previous year's €864 million. Revenue increased to €93.63 billion from €77.51 billion.
For that period, E.ON credited an improvement in its wholesale gas business; the effect last year of costs stemming from Germany's decision to speed up its phaseout of nuclear energy; and new gas-fired generating units in Russia.
E.ON last year announced a plan to cut up to 11,000 jobs from a workforce of some 80,000.