E.ON is one of the largest taxpayers in Romania to the state and local budgets, the total value of contributions last year exceeding 1.8 billion RON (about 370 million euros), 80 percent more than the previous year, according to the company’s Sustainability Report, released this week.
At the same time, E.ON is an important partner for around 2,000 suppliers in the entire supply chain, 95 percent of which are domestically owned. Last year, the value of purchases by companies in the group exceeded 1.14 billion RON (over 231 million euros). The amount does not include the value of electricity and natural gas purchases intended for the approximately 3.4 million customers in Romania. In 2022, all new suppliers were selected with environmental criteria in mind.
The investments made by the E.ON Group in Romania during 2022, in the amount of 654 million RON (about 133 million euros), focused on the expansion and modernization of natural gas and electricity networks, to meet the needs of the energy transition , to increase the capacity of networks to connect new sources of renewable energy, as well as to boost the digitization of services. All this contributes to a greener future by reducing the impact on the environment, but also to better customer service.
For example, the number of prosumers connected to the Delgaz Grid network has grown exponentially in recent years, from only 67 in 2020 to around 6,500 at the end of last year, to reach almost 9,500 at the beginning of June this year, the estimates for the end of the year being that this figure will reach around 12,000.
Delgaz Grid also recorded the lowest average duration of unplanned outages in the network last year, falling to 76.44 minutes per year, well below the country average of 108.25 minutes, which places the company in the first position among distributors in Romania. Compared to the moment of privatization, when the duration of interruptions was 1,800 minutes/year, the situation has improved more than 20 times.
An important step in the energy transition is the implementation of hydrogen technologies in the natural gas distribution system. Thus, the 20HyGrid project started in 2022, a first for Romania, aims to demonstrate that, from a technical point of view, it is possible and safe to add hydrogen, in proportion to 20% of the volume, in distribution networks and installations of the use of existing natural gas in Romania – without the need to modify them.