Having recently become a shareholder in ENERVIE Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG, the REMONDIS Group has succeeded in adding further activities in the supply and energy sectors to its current portfolio of environmental and water services. Thanks to its acquisition of RWE Deutschland AG’s 19.06 % share in Enervie, REMONDIS has further strengthened its position as a reliable partner for local authorities and their utility companies. One of the biggest challenges Enervie will have to face in the near future is the energy transition, i.e. Germany’s move to switch from fossil fuels to renewables. The advantage here is that Enervie is hugely important for the supply network.
ENERVIE Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG has around 400,000 customers and is responsible for supplying them with electricity, gas, heat and drinking water. This group of companies is, therefore, one of the largest independent energy providers (generating its own energy) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Protecting the environment and preventing climate change are the main components of the ENERVIE Group’s sustainability strategy. It achieves this in a number of different ways, for example by promoting the efficient use of energy, reducing carbon emissions and continuously investing in state-of-the-art equipment. The Group is also focusing on expanding renewable energy in the region.
In May 2014, ENERVIE made a fundamental decision to withdraw from conventional electricity production. This decision was in response to the mismanagement of the energy markets – a result of the energy transition – which will mean, looking at the current situation, that it will be impossible to operate conventional coal and gas-fired power stations profitably over the long term. However, due to the limited capacities of the grid, the ENERVIE Group has agreed with the ‘Bundesnetzagentur’ (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway) to continue to operate its power stations over the medium term to ensure that there are sufficient supplies of power in the region. Thus, Enervie is reacting to the challenges of the energy transition by changing the overall strategy of its business operations and creating a programme to improve results. Central points here are to cut costs, grow efficiency, adjust business strategies and take a close look at investment measures.
In the future, REMONDIS will be using its extensive private-sector expertise to help the ENERVIE Group to overcome the great challenges of the energy transition. On 30 October 2014, REMONDIS managing directors Markus Schmidt and Andreas Bankamp were appointed to the supervisory board of Enervie during the its general meeting of shareholders. They have, therefore, taken over the seats held previously by representatives of RWE Deutschland AG. Moreover, Markus Schmidt was appointed to the executive committee of Enervie’s supervisory board. Markus Schmidt is managing director of REMONDIS Energy & Services GmbH & Co. KG. Andreas Bankamp heads REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG. In addition, both are managing directors of REMONDIS Wasser & Energie GmbH.
Andreas Bankamp, Managing Director of REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG
Markus Schmidt, Managing Director of REMONDIS Energy & Services GmbH & Co. KG