A family-owned Bakery in Germany was slapped with a €330,000 bill for gas consumption over the past four months, as energy prices in the country.
The energy company E.on sent the gas bill to the Hanoverian Bakery owned by Eckehard Vatter, demanding they pay within four days, German news outlet Junge Freiheit reported.
“Are they crazy?” Vatter reacted indignantly, according to the Bild newspaper.
“A year ago, we paid €5,856 per month in gas costs for our large furnaces and heating,” he explained.
The business owner had concluded a contract with a price guarantee until the end of 2023.
But the contract was suddenly terminated.
Now the energy supplier is demanding a price increase of 1,200 percent.
According to Vatter, the energy company did not provide a reason for the increased price.
Due to the Bakery being a craft business under commercial law, the owner said they could not receive any support from the state.
Meanwhile, another, German bakery owner Peter Hemmerle, said he expects his company’s annual electricity bill to quadruple to 1.2 million euros.
His Heinz Hemmerle bakery in Muelheim an der Ruhr depends on electricity to run its kneading machines and cooling rooms.
As Reuters reported, the new electricity bill will kick in by the beginning of next year, Hemmerle said, rising from the 300,000 euros the company was paying before.
“In the baking trade, many companies are up to their necks in water, they no longer know how to bear the costs,” Daniel Schneider, the head of Germany’s bakeries association, told Reuters.
As The Daily Fetched earlier this month:
In the wake of the Ukraine war, Germany has completely lost access to its gas supply from Russia, prompting fears of energy riots and deaths due to people freezing to death because they can’t heat their homes.
Germany’s climate minister, Robert Habeck, blamed poor leadership, the state of the country’s energy, and their dependence on Russia – which former president Donald Trump warned them of four years ago.
Because Germany lacks natural gas, it will struggle to keep itself supplied over winter.
Habeck said liquified natural gas (LNG) could be the savior of his country. Still, problems with infrastructure and lack of fuel on the open market suggest there could be significant problems.
Although authorities appeared to U-turn, saying they would keep on in reserve two of the three remaining nuclear plants, critics said the plants could not be used as reserve power stations as they can take days to start up.
“Sending two of the three running systems to the cold reserve at the turn of the year in order to start them up if necessary is technically not feasible and therefore unsuitable for securing the supply contribution of the systems,” a letter from one energy tsar to government officials in regards to Habeck’s plan reportedly read.