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ENERVIE – Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG is a regional association of energy providers based in the City of Hagen. ENERVIE was created as a result of a merger between Mark-E AG and Stadtwerke Lüdenscheid and is one of biggest regional energy suppliers in Germany. It has a large catchment area covering South Westphalia (with the towns of Hagen and Lüdenscheid) and the Märkischer Kreis district. All in all, ENERVIE supplies water, electricity, gas and heat to around 400,000 customers. Having taken over the 19.06% share in the company previously owned by RWE, REMONDIS has now joined this regional provider.
On 25 August 2014, all of the municipal shareholders unconditionally approved the transfer of the shares owned by RWE Deutschland AG to REMONDIS Wasser & Energie GmbH. The company’s managing directors, Markus F. Schmidt and Andreas Bankamp, were really pleased to become part of ENERVIE. ”The fact that the municipal partners in the ENERVIE Group have been so welcoming confirms our belief that this acquisition was the right move and that we should continue to extend the work we do with utilities companies and local authorities,“ explained Markus F. Schmidt.
REMONDIS received great support from the municipal shareholders and has been made very welcome by its new partners.
Andreas Bankamp added: ”We are particularly pleased that the company has such high levels of expertise in the area of sustainable water management which we will be able to combine with our years of know-how. Besides the treatment and supply of top quality drinking water, facilities such as pumped storage hydroelectric power stations and run of river plants will become ever more important as Germany switches its energy supply from fossils to renewables.“
Whilst the name ENERVIE encapsulates the service portfolio of a ‘system-relevant’ provider, it also stands for ‘energy for life’. A look at the services provided by the company clearly shows that it is not only interested in supplying energy. Besides owning shares in nine local public utility companies and regional providers, including Hagen, Lüdenscheid, Altena and Meinerzhagen, ENERVIE also operates numerous water production and supply facilities with a sales volume of over 17 million cubic metres in Hagen and Lüdenscheid alone. Other areas of operation include the Treckinghausen waterworks, which extracts drinking water from the Verse Dam, the Hengstey waterworks on the Hengstey reservoir and the Hasper Dam waterworks. There is even a salmon farm on the Hasper Dam. ENERVIE’s network of water pipes alone are around 1,300 kilometres in length; its total network reaches a length of approx. 12,500 kilometres.
(from left to right): Erik Höhne, Board Member responsible for technology at Enervie Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG, Andreas Bankamp, Managing Director REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG, Managing Director REMONDIS Wasser & Energie GmbH, Ivo Grünhagen, Board Spokesperson at Enervie Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG, Wilhelm Jasperneite, REMONDIS GmbH & Co. KG (Bochum, RV West), Managing Director REMONDIS Münsterland Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Markus F. Schmidt, Managing Director REMONDIS Energy & Services GmbH & Co. KG, Managing Director REMONDIS Wasser & Energie GmbH, Wolfgang Struwe, Board Member at Enervie Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG
Wherever nature permits, ENERVIE also uses water to generate electricity. Examples of this can be found at the Finnentrop pumped storage hydroelectric power station, which – together with RWE’s Koepchenwerk – is the largest of its kind in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the run of river plants on the River Lenne in Werdohl and Plettenberg. ENERVIE uses the dips in the river to generate hydropower, the cleanest way to produce electricity – absolutely no CO2 to be found at all! Thanks to its commitment in the water sector, this company is popular with its customers and municipal partners alike. Around 1,500 employees provide top quality services for its more than 400,000 customers in South Westphalia generating a turnover of around 1.1 billion euros. All this means that ENERVIE is the perfect match for REMONDIS with sustainability being the most important guiding principle for both businesses.
Sustainability is top of the list of ENERVIE’s priorities.
ENERVIE has drawn up strict environmental guidelines for all its fields of business and compiled manuals for its different divisions describing how they should be implemented. Moreover, it continuously monitors its operations to ensure they are being adhered to. It is constantly looking at ways to optimise its business – such as cutting carbon emissions by installing more efficient technology in the group’s plants. In addition, ENERVIE has created incentives to encourage their customers to opt for regenerative products and technologies: for example by introducing its KlimaFair tariff and promoting energy-saving processes.
“We were really pleased to see the reaction of the municipal shareholders who were unanimous in their decision to allow REMONDIS to purchase a share in ENERVIE.“
Markus F. Schmidt, Managing Director of REMONDIS Wasser & Energie GmbH
Just like its new shareholder, the ENERVIE Group is constantly thinking ahead and working for the future. One example here is its commitment to renewable energy, opening its first wind farm back in 2011. There are many more examples though. The opening of the group’s new head office this year will be a further demonstration of its forward-looking concept to make the cooperation work within the ENERVIE Group even more efficient. Moreover, it will be using more energy-efficient technology and renewable energy wherever possible at its new buildings – such as having solar panels on the roofs of the halls. This new concept has also meant its fleet of vehicles can be optimised, cutting fuel costs and so helping to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. This, too, is a perfect example of how committed ENERVIE is towards creating a sustainable future. Just like REMONDIS – and now they can join forces and work towards this goal together.