Schongau district heating: price almost doubled

Schongau district heating: price almost doubled
Schongau district heating: price almost doubled
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Created: 09/22/2022, 5:00 p.m

Of: Rasso Schorer

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It’s better to turn it down: The public utility company had already contacted their customers in detail about the district heating price. The issue now occupies the works committee and city council. © Schorer

Schongau – The increase in the district heating price from 1 October from 70 euros per MWh net to 130 euros does not come as a surprise. The Stadtwerke had already informed their customers, around 1,000 households in Schongau, in detail in advance. Last Tuesday, the works committee devoted itself to the topic; the city council will bring it to the finish line next Tuesday.

“Due to the increased energy procurement costs, a price adjustment is unavoidable,” the public utility company turned to its customers on September 9th. The letter contained further changes, for example in the calculation of the district heating price including a long mathematical formula. The letter said it was gratifying that the energy mix now also includes biomass. However, the dominant topic is of course the price increase. The energy market had gotten out of joint, Mayor Falk Sluyterman found in the works committee.

The Stadtwerke have no intention of making a profit, made it clear to the city treasurer Werner Hefele (commercial manager) and Florian Hiemer (technical manager). The result of the new price escalation clause is actually 133.64 euros per MWh net. You stay below that, but approach this upper limit with the price much more than in the past. “We are now forced to exploit them more,” confessed Hiemer.

However, district heating remains a cheap way to warm up your own four walls, at least compared to other options. Especially in Schongau and also in comparison to other district heating providers. As an example, he cited figures from 2021, when the heat price in Lechstadt was still EUR 40.50 per MWh net compared to an average of EUR 83.09 in Bavaria. With an assumed annual consumption of 12 MWh and four of them in the fourth quarter, the increase from 70 to 130 euros per MWh net means that a family will have additional payments of 285.60 euros gross, around 29 percent of the annual prepayment, he calculated.

“Would be glad”

“As a gas customer, I would be happy to be a district heating customer,” said Gregor Schuppe (ALS). On the one hand in terms of the price, but also in terms of the mere security of supply. Another plus point: “District heating is environmentally friendly.”

After that, Schuppe got into a fight with Michael Eberle. Mayor Sluyterman, representing the administration, did not share the concerns of the CSU man that a change to the price change clause should not be made unilaterally and that public notice was not sufficient. But we will check that again.

Eberle also criticized the fact that the public utilities had not increased the price earlier. Now the jump is abrupt. He also saw a starting point in the financial buffer that the municipal utilities allow themselves when calculating the price. “We have leeway there.” However, this increases the risk of a higher deficit, countered commercial manager Hefele – afterwards that too ends up with the citizens. “Anyone who thinks that the public utilities should be safe and that the citizen has the problem, raise your hand accordingly,” Eberle looked at the vote – in which he should remain alone. He had already been accused by Schuppe of using the public session after the non-public session as a stage for party-political issues. “I trust the administration,” said Schuppe, as did Stefan Konrad (SPD). “Unfair”, was the accusation of both – Eberle and Schuppe – turned to the respective opposite.

Unanimously in favor – although Eberle expressed concerns that the general public would then have to pay more again – everyone was again in favor of suspending the contractually agreed minimum purchase for district heating customers with connections up to 50 KW in the amount of 700 full load hours for a limited period until the end of 2023. In 2021, this would have included 40 customers, Hefele found out. For classification: On average, the heating system of a single-family house works for hot water and heating water preparation for around 1,600 to 2,000 hours per year at full load. Now, however, saving energy is the order of the day – even when heating.

The article is in German

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