E.ON To Offer Competitors Better Gas Pipeline Access

Law360, New York (May 4, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT) -- German gas provider E.ON AG has agreed to legally binding commitments that will allow competitors better access to pipelines, the European Commission said Tuesday as it wrapped up a related antitrust investigation.

The commitments from the Dusseldorf, Germany-based utility are expected to have a "major structural impact" on the possibility for other companies to compete in the German market, the EC said.

"Access to gas pipelines is vital for new market entrants. Insufficient access limits the ability to acquire customers, no matter how competitive the offer...
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