Chemnitz: cost shock! Energy suppliers foresee additional costs of 300 euros per family

From 1 July the price of gas will increase dramatically. Chemnitz-based energy supplier enviaM calculates additional costs of € 300 per household per year.

Chemnitz – Good news for electricity customers from Chemnitz EnviaM energy supplier: Despite the explosion of costs on the world market, prices will drop slightly. Thanks to the elimination of the EEG surcharge. On the other hand, the price of gas will rise by 18 percent on 1 July. Additional annual costs for an average family: 300 euros.

Energy service provider EnviaM wants to switch from natural gas to hydrogen.

Energy service provider EnviaM wants to switch from natural gas to hydrogen. © Hendrik Schmidt / dpa

As an East German energy service provider with a pre-tax profit of € 317 million, € 2.8 billion in sales, 1.34 million customers and 3,400 employees, “we can’t avoid the price hike. of purchase “, explains CEO Stephan Lowis (53).

That’s why the group is “wildly determined” on the most climate-friendly road, according to CEO Andreas Auerbach (59). enviaM wants to be climate neutral already in 2040, investing 330 million euros in modern electricity and gas networks and in 225 digital transformation stations.

In the long run, enviaM relies on hydrogen and wants to produce green H2 itself. 22 million euros go to wind and solar farms, including Neukirchen. According to Andreas Auerbach, the state of Saxony is a drag: “We see lack of space, reduced capacity and lengthy approval processes.”

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enviaM is making good progress with digitization and is building data centers for this purpose. Even with an energy inside Chemnitz. A great idea: enviaM converts electricity pylons into cell phone antennas.

Comment by Bernd Rippert

Of all the bad news about the climate crisis, this is encouraging news: energy service provider enviaM is switching from natural gas to hydrogen. Right!

The East German company has relied on fossil fuels for too long. Now enviaM wants to switch from natural gas to hydrogen. Intelligently, the company will produce its own hydrogen. And the one in “green” – this means: Electrolysis is carried out with renewable electricity.

Since the pipelines are suitable for hydrogen, the new climate and environmentally friendly energy source can be quickly brought to its customers. Hydrogen can be burned or used to generate electricity using fuel cells. A clean thing and the energy source of the future.

It’s just a pity that enviaM uses wood combustion and biomass energy at the same time. The company thereby again obscures its ecological balance. Wood belongs to the forest to absorb CO2 as a tree or to serve as a food source for microorganisms or fungi on the ground and as a habitat for many animals.

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