„Thank you for your support, trust and commitment.“

On 15th June 2000, 20 years ago, the first trade was executed on a small power exchange based in Leipzig. This is where everything started, so naturally, it is a good reason to celebrate!

Over the past twenty years, we have massively increased our product range, trading volume and number of participants. Today, we operate energy and commodity markets across the globe and serve customers in Europe, Asia and North America. For the third year running, we are the number one exchange group in power trading and aim to establish EEX Group as the preferred global commodity exchange. We just reached another milestone also becoming the number one exchange in the global freight market.

Greetings from Peter Reitz, CEO of EEX

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#GoingGlobal – Together with you

EEX is customer-orientated, innovative and driven by the ambition to build liquidity in energy and commodity markets, working closely with our customers and partners. We are part of a global exchange group, alongside eight further companies, with specialist know-how for the markets we operate in.

What began as a local electricity exchange in Leipzig has developed rapidly. After the establishment of a liquid spot market, EEX launched power derivatives and entered markets such as emissions and natural gas. The creation of our clearing house ECC was a major milestone for becoming a leading energy exchange in Europe and the nucleus of EEX Group. Today, we are No. 1 in power trading worldwide and No.1 exchange in dry bulk freight trading worldwide.

Facts & Figures: From a local power exchange to a global commodity exchange - take a look on our facts and figures and our achievements from the last 20 years.


From a local power exchange to a group of companies with eight partners worldwide that form EEX Group


From ten employees in 2000 to over 700 employees across 17 EEX Group locations worlwide


40 trading participants from seven countries at the end of 2000. Today, we connect more than 650 participants in 38 countries acros the group.


From Leipzig as first location in 200, we expanded to 

17 EEX Group Offices

in Europe, North America and Asia.


Offering four power contracts in June 2000 - now almost 1,500 contracts for power, natural gas, environmentals, agriculturals & freight




Started withe the German/Austrian market area, we are now operating

20 market areas

across Europe and just launched products for the Japanese market.




Since launch in 2010 we have carried out

1,895 emissions auctions

(EUA+EUAA) for 30 countries.


Over the past 20 years, more than 20,000 TWh electric power had been traded.


Moren than 10,000 TWH natural gas have been traded since market launch in 2007.


Launched in July 2002, 119 TWh were traded by the end of the year, in 2019 5,830 TWh.


Twenty-year anniversary

Integration of Powernext and Gaspoint Nordic into EEX AG (as of 1 January 2020)

EEX takes over 100% of the shares in British software company KB Tech Ltd.

EEX world market leader (in open interest) in Freight Trading for the first time

Nodal becomes the largest Power Exchange in the USA for the first time

EEX extends trading on the Power Derivatives Market to 20 European market areas with the addition of Slovenia, Bulgaria and Serbia

Acquisition of the commodity business of Nasdaq Futures, Inc. (NFX) and merger of the Open Interest to ECC and Nodal Clear

Nodal launches the worlds first Trucking Freight Future

Acquisition of Grexel Systems

Start of separate Spot Market auctions (EPEX) for Germany and Austria

Nodal Exchange launches North American environmental products

ECC receives recognition as clearing house by MAS (Monetary Authority in Singapore)

Foundation of EEX Asia and ClearTech strengthens the presence of EEX Group in Asia

Acquisition of Nodal Exchange (EEX Group now also represented in North America)

Migration of the PXE products for Eastern Europe to the EEX platform

German-Austrian Price Zone Split: Launch of the Phelix-DE and Phelix-AT Futures

EEX Group becomes largest power trading platform worldwide

EEX gains market share in the Spanish Power Market and provides leading exchange platform for the first time

PXE becomes part of the EEX Group: Power Derivatives Markets for Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania

Migration of Gaspoint Nordic and CEGH to PEGAS platform

Entry into global commodities: Freight contracts cleared via EEX/ECC for the first time

Migration of Eurex agricultural products to EEX

PEGAS gas markets exceed 1,000 TWh for the first time

EEX acquires majority stake in Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX) based in Singapore

EEX acquires 50% stake in Gaspoint Nordic

Powernext and EPEX SPOT become part of the EEX Group

Acquisition of 100% of the Dutch APX

Start of PEGAS cooperation (bundling of all-natural gas products of EEX and Powernext on one trading platform)

Start of futures for guarantees of origin

ECC takes over clearing for the Czech Power Exchange Central Europe (PXE) for power and gas

Start of day and weekend futures on the power derivatives market

EEX wins contract for Europe-wide primary market auction of emission allowances

Opening of the first office outside Germany, in London with four employees

Start 24/7 spot trading for natural gas

Eurex becomes majority shareholder

Ten-year anniversary

Start clearing for the partner exchange HUPX

CWE Market Coupling, Franco-German Intraday Cross-Border Trading and publication of the European Electricity Index, ELIX

Angela Merkel visits EEX in Leipzig

Number of employees exceeds 100 for the first time

Foundation of the ECC subsidiary in Luxembourg

Launch of the EEX Transparency Platform (in cooperation with the TSOs)

ECC starts clearing for CEGH

Start of EEX Power Derivatives GmbH

Creation of EPEX Spot SE (Paris-based) with EEX Power Spot GmbH as a 100% subsidiary of the new company

ECC takes over clearing for Powernext

Start of natural gas trading for two market areas Germany

Strategic spin-off: EEX Power Spot GmbH

Start EEX Eurex cooperation in emissions trading

Start of cooperation with the French Powernext

Spin-off of European Commodity Clearing AG (ECC), receives a banking license in the same year

Cooperation with the first partner exchange ENDEX (clearing of TTF gas futures)

Fifth anniversary

Start of trading in EU emission allowances under the EU ETS

Recognised price signals: EEX prices are the reference for the Act on the Revision of the Law on Renewable Energies in the Electricity Sector of 21 July 2004

Successful start of OTC clearing

100th trading participant

Merger of LPX and EEX to establish the European Energy Exchange AG (EEX) with headquarters in Leipzig

Launch of power exchanges in Germany: LPX based in Leipzig starts in June, EEX based in Frankfurt starts in August

EEX Group – the powerhouse of Deutsche Börse

Dear EEX, happy 20th anniversary! To continued growth and future successes!

Theodor Weimer, CEO of Deutsche Börse, on EEX’s role for Deutsche Börse

“Deutsche Börse creates trust in the markets of today and tomorrow – with innovative products, best-in-class services and forward-thinking colleagues across all businesses. In 20 years, EEX has developed from a niche operator to a veritable growth engine for our organization and a major driver of the sustainability efforts in the financial industry. In the area of commodity and energy trading, EEX is now our true powerhouse and continuously sets new standards. I am proud to have EEX as vital part of Deutsche Börse Group, and we are excited to accompany them on their very promising journey ahead. Peter certainly knows how to build a successful business, and EEX undoubtedly has a great future ahead. To continued growth and future successes!“

Let’s celebrate together

We would have loved to celebrate our 20th anniversary with you at our Get Together Party in Leipzig, which is unfortunately not possible this year.

  Long-standing companions, customers, colleagues and friends of EEX took the chance to send their greetings in a celebration video.

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Let’s exchange memories from 20 years of EEX parties

Picture Gallery

„Until we meet again, please take care and stay tuned on our social media channels.“

#EEX20 in the News

EEX is an unparalleled success story Interview with Peter Reitz

Peter Reitz CEO of EEX, speaks in an Interview with Stefan Sagmeister - Editor-in-chief of Energie &
Management - about the future, present and past of the exchange. 

Interview in Energie & Management

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Twenty Years of Energy Trading - a comment piece of Peter Reitz

CEO of EEX AG, Peter Reitz´s comment on the last twenty years of energy exchange - “Lessons Learned” for the Future

Articel published in Börsenzeitung

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