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The Energy Group

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Former type  Public
Fate  Acquired
Headquarters  London, United Kingdom
Successor  Energy Future Holdings
Industry  Energy
Defunct  1998
Founded  1990
Ceased operations  1998
Key people  Derek Bonham, (Chairman)

The Energy Group plc was a British power generator and distributor. After it was demerged from Hanson plc in 1996 it was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but it was acquired by Texas Utilities in 1998.



The origins of the business date back to 1990 when Hanson plc acquired Peabody Energy, a US coal business. Hanson then expanded its energy interests in 1995 when it bought Eastern Group plc, a UK power and networks business.

The company was then demerged by Hanson plc in 1996.

In 1998, following an unsuccessful takeover attempt by Pacificorp, the company was the subject of a bidding war between Pacificorp and Texas Utilities. Texas Utilities won with a bid of approximately £4.5bn (Pacificorp's original bid in 1997 was £3.6bn). Following the acquisition Texas Utilities was renamed TXU, with The Energy Group becoming TXU Energi, part of TXU Europe.

In October 2002 TXU announced it was pulling out of Europe due mainly to the collapse of its UK operations. Powergen purchased TXU's UK businesses for £1.37bn ($2.9bn) later that year.


The company was a holding company for:

  • Peabody Energy: coal activities in the United States and Australia
  • Eastern Group: power and networks businesses in the UK.
  • References

    The Energy Group Wikipedia

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