RWE AG is engaged in the generation, transmission, and trading of electricity and gas. It also engages in oil, gas and lignite production, the construction and operation of conventional and renewable-based power plants, commodities trading as well as electricity and gas transmission and sales. It operates through the following segments: Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, United Kingdom, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Renewables, Upstream Gas and Oil, and trading and Gas Midstream. The Germany segment consists of the Power Generation, and Sales and Distribution Networks Business Areas. The Netherlands and Belgium segment engages in the electricity and gas business. The United Kingdom segment consists of the electricity and gas business. The Central Eastern, South Eastern European segment engages in power generation and the supply and the distribution activities. The Upstream Gas and Oil segment covers gas and oil production activities. The Trading and Gas Midstream segment includes energy trading and the commercial optimization of non-regulated gas activities. The Other segment includes grid activities in the electricity and gas business. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Essen, Germany.